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We should blame the individuals committing crimes, not the president!


Kasese Clashes Commander Maj. Gen Peter Elwelu


By Peter Gwokto via UAH forum,

I am beginning to think Amin is walloping in Allah’s heavenly glory because the number of unproven murder charges verbalized against him far outweigh the real incidents – if any can be directly linked to him such as Oboth, Oryema, Lowum and Kiwanuka. We can’t ignore the fact that more have been brutally murdered in this regime than Amin’s. However, death is death and every dead body on the streets and safehouses is somebody’s father, son, husband, brother, and sister – a loss to someone. Period.

The commission of sin is not transferrable. Let no ‘bad element’ convince himself that killing an innocent man or woman is the responsibility of the leader he serves. This may be the case here on earth but before God we are responsible for the sins we knowingly committed. There is no communual responsibility for or ownership of a sin even though we are quick to assert that the Acholi or Banyankole or Kakwa were killers. So is forgiveness: there are two levels of forgiveness – by the victim and by God. The two are very separate. There are also two levels of confession: thru repentence to God and apology to the victim. On bended knees, repenting to God in tears isn’t enough absolution until you receive forgiveness from the victim.
My family lost a couple, too but my late grandfather (a devoted Catholic to the bones) warned the clan against blaming others because we knew specifically who some of the killers were. I was too young but I caught wind of most of these challenges. Just because a political situation offers a great opportunity to murder and get away with it, does not mean you will escape in the heavenly court. I went to Comboni College in Lira for sec. sch. in the early 80s. 1km between the school and Ngetta experimental farm were two huge homes being eaten away by weeds. The occupant families could not maintain them beacause the true owners were murdered doctors – who had the money.

Any mention of the atrocious past triggers two things: sadness to the bereaved and eagerness by the bad-intentioned to repeat these atrocities out of spite or for fun.Yes, there are people who kill for fun. Is it possible 300,000 Ugandans died during Amin’s regime? Yes, could be more. Did Amin kill all of them? No. As HoS, did he kill all of them by association? Yes. Before God, is he responsible for the death of all 300,000? Absolutely not. If he killed only Lowum out of the 300,000 God will not do him in for the 299,999. God will deal with the killers individually. That is why it is important to repent for your sins as you know them than be devastated by the additions of men for sins you did not commit.

When Kony’s rapists force a son to copulate with his mother or sister at gun-point it is sin by the son in the eyes of God. Why? it is because, to remain pure the son or brother should have chosen to die – however brutally – than knowingly commit the sin just to save a life that will still end some day, anyway. And, just because a mother or sister choses to forgive his son or brother does not mean God has forgiven him.

Talking about sin and forgiveness, here is my last experience: One of the greatest SRB operators in Lira was a well-known local son who was HP of Comboni in the 70s. I got to meet him personally in the 80s. Listen to this twist: after the 1979 invasion he disappeared and many thought he was either killed or entered Sudan. Two years later, he appeared in town. The problem was that although people talked bitterly about his activities in Lira, when he reappeared, he was even more untouchable than when he was SRB. He reappeared as Oyitte’s ADC. By the time the newspaper published his picture from recovered documents salvaged from Nakasero, he was too close to Oyitte and too powerful to be arrested. Folks forgave him and he moved on but his deal with God was far from over. He played the same game again in 1986 and served for 3 years+ in Kaguta’s government before he and Namitti were gathered for their final trip to the lakeside university.

I have known Uganda’s political murders long enough to know who to blame. Folks just take advantage of the security vacuum. But the truth is, many culprits have not been convicted – and will never be – because the public is always quick to lay it all on the then president and turn attention away from the known culprit. Political crimes and bluntant murders in Uganda have been influenced extensively by the time factor. It takes the shortest time to neglect the most absurd crimes. Bad things happen too quickly in Uganda that the only way to get away from responsibility is to expect or create a new one as soon as possible to wipe away the most recent. If we continue to blame regime leaders instead of convicting the actual perpetuators, murders will continue to be a part of our regime change forever and murderers will continue to ram the country at large and openly.

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Does Uganda need an army?



By Peter-Rhaina Gwokto, a Ugandan in Canada

The primary question over the years has been whether Uganda needs an army at all. The army we’ve had since independence continues to cost Uganda dearly in both financial loses and human lives. It’s created more problems than solved. It’s drained the national wallet off its meagre resources with nothing to show in return but a bunch of rich gamblers turned ruthless millionaires in every regime. If history and current events have any constructive meaning to overall development, Uganda’s army has been the greatest tormentor/aggressor than the tormented in the great lakes region. Uganda’s army since WW2 has fought more needless wars than any army in the region and every war in the region has caught Uganda’s army with hands deep in the cookie jars – it historically exacerbated insecurity than established security. There is not a single war in the region that Uganda’s army wasn’t or isn’t a participant – often, it has, itself, created these wars. It’s quick to turn a small dispute into a regional war of attrition to line up the pockets of generals and the president. The majority of wars were wedged by the national army against its own people and each time using the maximum weapons in its arsenal. The blood-letting wars are not meant to contain or neutralize offending opponents – if any – but to kill, destroy and annihilate them by leaving permanent emotional and physical scars that continue to traumatize the local populations for decades upon generations. Have any foreign armies invaded Uganda without Uganda’s army having started the war or intimidated them in the first place? Historically and contemporarily, Uganda’s army role is such that either it starts a war against her citizens or it invades another country. Here is the list:

KAR soldiers who fought at Japanese in the Burmese jungle know that they owe their return to Africa to Mau Mau. Had Mau Mau not begun, many of these veterans had started a settled life in India with new families. The British in Kenya returned these veterans to fight against their own people. So in fact, this was the first war in modern times where African neighbors started killing each other.

Obote 1 is remembered for two wars created by the national army. The first helped to bring Mmengo to order and resulted in the Kabaka’s forced exile to UK. It is the first postindependence war in which Ugandans shot at each other thereby igniting the chain of bloody internal tribal strife and military coups.
The second war was the first war that started pillaging of other country’s wealth. With or without invitation, Obote sent Uganda’s military to prop Lumumba in Congo. Having looted the country of its gold, Uganda’s army returned quietly without any claims of victory or defeat but the Congo Gold scandal followed Obote right to his grave. That was just the tip of the major loot to follow nearly 30 years later. Here, we find Uganda’s army fighting its first war outside Uganda – Uganda then, invaded Congo most probably with Lumumba’s blessing. So shameful was Uganda’s participation in this war that years later, Mobutu literally slapped Obote with his strong support and admiration of Amin.
Amin being a professional soldier that he was, drew a very thin line between the army and civilians such that he was able to cross-over to do the needful and return quickly into his military cocoon for safety. Overall, Uganda’s army under Amin did not start any war frontlines within Uganda, against Ugandans. But most noticeably was that his regime saw the
first invasion of another country by Uganda’s army for no apparent reasons than to
intimidate.

Under Amin, Uganda’s army made to major invasions into Tanzania with one resulting into a short-lived annexation of Tz’s administrative district – Kagera. Never at any moment of Amin’s regime did Tanzania chose to invade Uganda yet Amin’s believed an invasion by Uganda’s army was a pre-emptive strategy to disorganize and disorient Tanzania’s military. But when Tz decided to defend herself following the second major invasion, Amin found himself on the receiving end as his regime disintegrated. Although Uganda’s army didn’t create a local battlefront against its nationals, it nevertheless, had the brutal instrument for oppressing and systematically eliminating political opponents. This was the SRB, a variant of Obote GSU. Besides, religiously tormenting Tz’s president and his army, Uganda’s army only experienced a few minor “invitations to invade” in Egypt-Israeli war and backing Mobutu in a separatist war funded by Angola.

It would be easily said Israeli commandos invaded Uganda yet the truth is that, again, it was
Uganda’s army that started it all by thumbing its chest at the hijacked airliner full of Jews. It
was yet another war started by Uganda’s army and paid for in blood and cash by the citizens.
I cannot think of a foreign-related war in which Uganda’s army played a role but did not start
the war itself. It was Gadhaffi’s army that learnt its unpreparedness for a major war by
joining Uganda’s army in its war dances. In the 70s, Gadhaffi sent his foot soldiers and
fighter pilots to Uganda not really to support Amin but to train in jungle warfare. He realized
that Libyan soldiers didn’t know the whole wide world was more of a jungle than the
desserts they know. So it was a chance to practice with live weapons on live target – the
Tanzanians. On this effort, Libya failed miserably as Tanzanians captured Libyan soldiers
preferring to camouflage on the dry roads than hide in the grasses.

Obote 2:

Ohh bwoy…! This dude never learnt from his past mistakes. He basically continued from
where he left on a 8 year vacation like nothing happened. He simply did what he knew best:
creating frontlines within the country against fellow Ugandans as he did in the 60s. Obote’s war strategy (against his own country folks) is to stay put – lie low at the frontlines. Patience
was his middle name. Uganda’s army under Obote rendered the whole West Nile region
north of Arua a battle field – for a very very long time until the insecurity died by itself.
That’s what is meant by “patience pays”. But he also maintained one key instrument of his
oppressive regime in the 60s, which he, like a keen accountant, decided to carry forward: the
retooled GSU now called NaSA. I know one 4.5 hrs drive from me in Toronto. Then by
some weird turn of events, his one time minister Xeroxed the same strategy of setting
Ugandans to fight one another until the last man standing – which happened to be himself
(Museveni). Museveni also turned to Uganda’s army to intimidate and killed Ugandans into
submission. It worked very well in Luwero and the evidence is there for all to see.

Enter Museveni:
Uganda’s army under Museveni has been total disaster in one package. It’s played the role of
terrorist, pillaging aggressor, ruthless oppressor and a rampaging occupier. It’s the sum of all
army characteristics in past regimes since independence and it has the longest list of
aggression against its citizens and foreign countries. While Obote’s army used a strategy of
“lying low and wait”, Museveni’s was “infiltrate and lie low”. Once he had recruited
thousands of Rwandan refugees into Uganda’s army, Museveni’s problem was putting them
into use before they quit or get killed before his major offensive. While Obote’s minister of
defense, Museveni had created two parallel armies within Uganda’s army with one idolling
Oyite and the other (Rwandese) following himself. While he was away laying the foundations
for war, he kept his army on Uganda (Oyite) army’s payroll thus ensuring they lived. Once he
rung the doorbell, the Rwandese fled the mainstream army for Luwero bushes like ncenene
to the light of Clock Tower on Ebb road. They just evaporated… pufffffff, surprising Oyite
and Obote himself.

Museveni and a Ugandan army turned terrorist: That was it folks – Luwero says it all. NRA
soldiers were in the national army before the turned terrorists. They blew up buses and
civilian transportation on Kampala-Gulu road. They beheaded folks in Luwero to instill in
them fear. They exposed Luwero residents to the national army’s wrath such that civilians
were left with no choice but join them. They blew up river bridges. They even hijacked a
passenger plane enroute from Ebb to Arua for Kasese. They robbed banks and looted the
locals. Oh bwoy…! the only feature of the modern terrorist Museveni’s army didn’t have were
suicide bombers designed to spew shit and shrapnel on Ugandans by blowing up themselves.
they were essential cowards to that extent. Or, probably because Museveni did not guarantee
them 40 virgins as earned by their counterparts in the Middle East.
When all was done to his victory, Museveni expanded the frontlines within Uganda using his
national army-turned terrorists-turned national army to create four new frontlines to kill
Ugandans within its borders. In Teso, the Mukura incident defined the army’s role This was
reminiscent of the Nazi trains to Buchenvald and Auswitz except Mukura victims were
bbq’d alive in the wagons because there were no concentration camps to gas them in.
The Karamojong have outlived many a dictator’s army and Museveni’s Uganda army will not
create any better peace that the peace that exists now. The one thing Ugandans need to
know about life in Karamoja is that ‘insecurity’ and ‘security’ are a coincidental phenom – like
anywhere else, not everyday is Monday. There is nothing like living on luck in Karamoja
because everything is a normal way of life. Without Uganda’s army presence in Karamoja,
life is normal. The old West in America was peaceful because everyone owned a gun and
when everyone owns a gun or guns, a natural semblance of respects and fear cuts in to
maintain the status quo – peace – although violence could erupt anytime. But violence always
has a shorter span than peace yet the former is required to checkmate and keep an eye on
the latter.

Uganda’s army also perpetuated a front in the West for the sole purpose of looting DRC
under the cover of pursuing rebels, then followed it by pitching camps. The PRA is a rebel
group without a cause. Its founders were essentially two army colonels-turned bank robbers
named Samson Mande and Anthony Kyakabale. The two are thieves who deserve no place
in Uganda politics or government. Any government that forgives either of them on entering
Uganda would be a national embarrassment
Then there is the mother-of -all wars between the army and the people its meant to protect –
the Northerners, principally, the Acholi. For 20 years and still counting, the army has fought
Acholi-dominated LRA rebels with each side equally meting the same atrocities on the local
civilians. In the name of security in northern Uganda, the army used the war for several
intrinsic personal and national reasons:1- As long has international propaganda was in its
favor, the army was at liberty to intimidate and contain Acholi LRA rebels and hopeless
civilians in IDP camps to destroy their self-esteem and render them emotional wrecks. 2-
For the army chiefs, there is a lot of money to be made from shoddy supplier contracts, to
salaries for ghost soldiers, to even selling arms to the rebels who shoot them. 3- the army
created IDPs to isolate the Acholi and corrupt their culture but this project seems to have
failed for a people whose suffering has instead hardened their resolves and inflated their
pride in being Acholi. Above all, the camps were expected to transform into mini cities
whose lifestyles would discourage the Acholi from returning to their villages, with the intent
for Uganda’s army elites to grab Acholi’s unoccupied lands. This strategy has failed
miserably. Folks, again, this is Uganda’s army at work on Uganda’s civilians.

And folks, I never lived with nor acquainted myself with Museveni but the twist is that
Museveni – matter of fact – would prefer a closer political and social relationship with the
Acholi than with any other Ugandan ethic group. You have to see thru this truth with all
your heart and mind in order to agree with me. I have ruminated over controvery for years
and I believe it is a wish Museveni would love to practicalize. In fact, being a Muhima even
distances Museveni further from a Muhiru because the two are adversaries who will never
mato oput (drink) from the same calabash for socio-cultural and political reasons (caste).
Every social proximity between the Bahima and Bahiru is conditioned by accidental
geographical proximity but behind it all is a volcano whose sulfur fuels hatred and spite.
Besides, the Acholi people are homogenous with numerous clans and clan heads unlike the
distinctly separate Hiru and Hima who make up the Banyankole. A Muganda or Musoga is
the last Museveni would align with given a chance to make strategic choices. The Acholi is
Museveni’s trust because they share a lot more than anyone can imagine. Acholi’s stale
relationship with Uganda’s army under Museveni is not because of a North-West rivalry as
many Ugandans would love to believe. It is simply because the Acholi ignorantly provided
the military backbone to Obote regime – the backbone he longed to snap. Due to language
and geographical locale/proximity, he just didn’t know how to penetrate the kinfolks and
insure trust between the Hima and the Acholi instead choosing force because Kony refused
to give in to Ganda murderers who were terrorizing the Acholi. You will recall Kony stating
recently that he knows “Museveni is a good man”. Folks, don’t think Kony sounded
ridiculous by asserting so. He believe Museveni understood what he meant. There is
definitely a major change coming to Uganda – not peace in the North or an FDC win. It is
an unexpected and surprising natural alliance between Acholi and the Bahima. Little does the
rest of Uganda know that there has been a subdued – but known – relationship between
Acholi and Bahima/Balaalo. Growing up in Acholi, my grandfather’s herdsmen were 2
families of Balaalo and two rushed ahead during the NRA takeover to protect and assure the
old man as were many other families with Balaalo cattle keepers.

Oh! I ran away from the army and its aggressions. Of course there is the undisputed secret
service. Under Museveni, army’s oppressive tool increased from 1 GSU in Obote 1, 1 SRB
under Amin and 1 NaSA in Obote 2 to ISO, ESO, CMI, KAP, and KB with the first three
design to contain the elites while the latter two contains disgruntled grassroots and jobless
street hooligans-for-hire (a favorite for FDC). Incase you are wondering KB stands for
Kiboko Brigades, not Uganda’s Tsivangirai.

Folks, that was just the tip of the tamarind tree (for lack of icebergs in Uganda) regarding the
army’s place inside Uganda – UPDF, that is. Then, are the foreign invasions and occupations
by the army. To payback Rwandese refugees, Uganda’s army quickly released the 2nd master
plan from up its sleeves to topple Habyalimana. With Hutus outnumbering Tutsis and
fearing international condemnation, Uganda’s army aimed to cut off the snake’s head in a
swift run over Rwanda. It worked. Habyalimana was blown to dust in the skies over Kigali –
with presidential collateral from Burundi.

The PRA pursuit was the most effective springboard for Uganda’s army to enter DRC and
loot the country of its mineral and forest resources for years until the UN intervened. Before
that Uganda’s army had invaded and overrun Rwanda. That was enough payback for Tutsi
help in bringing down Obote. Finding no wealth to reap in Rwanda, Uganda’s army as well
as Rwanda’s aimed deep west and hit a jackpot in DRC. After instating Kabila Sr. the rest, as
we know, was mayhem, loot of mineral and forest wealth and, folks, for the first time
Uganda’s marauding army even looted and brought back women – a lot of women as though
they were commodities. In fact they were commodities because the soldiers dumped them as
soon as they came back to Uganda thus creating Congolese neighborhoods in towns like
Gulu, Arua and Fort Portal.

After Rwanda and DRC, Sudan was only spared by its deficiency in resources, Uganda’s
army can make do with an invasion anywhere there are resources to loot. A few months ago,
there was the credible story of Uganda’s army spotted in Kenya. That was a given truth if
anyone understood the hidden workings of this secretive and ruthless army.
In my opinion, Uganda’s army should be scrapped for being unproductive and contributing
to no known national gains except enriching the generals, straining the national purse,
facilitation poverty, and creating misery. In its place should be a highly trained, highly
educated, highly mobile and highly effective small regional paramilitary drawn along the
army barracks of the 70s and rotating service outposts.
To be continued…………..
___________________________
Peter-Rhaina Gwokto
Remember: “Even a small dog can piss on a tall building”. Jim Hightower

Police is now the centre of Criminality!



Gang leader,Sobi, says he asked MUSEVEN to arrest KITATA and KAYIHURA because Ugandans want Peace country


By Daniel Bwanika via UAH forum
Chickens are Coming home to Roast!If I remember well Kondoism was master minded and supported by the helplessness Obote had imposed on society.People were simply hopelessly in total despair.Uganda has a high level of unemployment which offers a huge reserve of recruits into crime.

Sobi says he was also behind DPC Kirumira’s Arrest


Secondary, over the years the police has been known to be a recruitment reserve for criminals. Put it plainly the entire policing(NRM) ideology of using criminal elements to do police work was from the beginning a wrong strategy.

Thirdly militiarising society has been going on since the beginning of the 80s. I have not looked at data of criminal elements. However,
there appears to be a huge number of people that were either recruited into the army or well trained but not in the army. Remarkably of recent, a number of people coming from the North and
East (security guards) are increasingly getting involved into hard
core criminality.

That brings the fourth element of introduction of security firms as a
very wrong business. In the coming years more of these lowly paid
people will increasingly be involved into serious crime.Areas where criminality has excelled are:

1.Land that has proved to be a lucrative area of earning huge amounts of money. (NRM land monetalisation ideology and unforeseen consequences)
2.The above has introduced land grabbing players into the extortion business that is also defined in Uganda as Okubatisa (duplicitous representation) underlying bufeere run by bafeere (fraudsters) supported also by the people in law enforcement.
3.Motor cycle trade, licensing and ownership is almost informal generating the second largest crime area ever after land wrangles! Every week on average 5 people are murdered in this business around the country! NRM has been using these boda in political mob actions to date.
4.Motor vehicle trade by Ugandans that has solely depended on stealing (UK, South Africa) has somewhat scaled down. This was run by people with attachment to the state to beat URA, Migration and Customs! Surprisingly very few people (connected) involved in this business are behind bars. But spare part trade holds a third area in the crime league where people scavenge and sell.
5.Mobile money in the law enforcement circles takes the first place since it is highly reported. Anyhow through okubatisa and bufeere mobile money transactions has recruited both street (petty thieves) and white collar (coder, computer programmers) criminals.
6.Then there are petty criminals – goats, pig, matooke, chicken thieves, cows. This is becoming a major headache in villages around the country. Given the level of want and need correlated with rapid social transformation this makes yet a very big group that is a step ahead of the police and LCI – village people do not easily reveal such crime due to cultural and family ties as the case is with part 4 and
7.Why Pentecost Church leaders are not labeled as criminals beats me. But each one of them that gets money by falsely claiming super natural powers are criminal by all definition
8.The above group is hand in grove with state civil servants who are involved in stealing hence generating horrible criminality. You simply have to work with them or lose your life.

Despite law enforcement organs squarely involved into crime their case could be resolved through military order. Uganda has had such episodes of criminality.

However, NRM is not going to eradicate people’s needs and want by use
of any of the above.There’s need for local police besides to allow DP, UPC, FDC to mobilise their youth wings into direct political participation to divert the youth from being idle.NRM should stop running the country out of stated national policies.

Museveni started politics at Ntale with his friend Kategaya, Mwesigye
and others. He was in DP, then UPC – if you close off young people
from organised politics you’re inadvertently undermining yourself,
state stability and development.Ideas do not come out of the air.

Wealthy Creation (randomised acts) is not an ideology (An orientation
that characterizes the thinking of a group [Communists, Liberals,
Socilist, Federalist] or nation) and has practically nothing to do
with being part of the political process formation.Museveni first tested OWC with NAADS , then youth in Kampala and so forth.

Murder is getting out of control in Uganda


By Daniel Bwanika via UAH forum

Every person who has killed another person where there is proof, including diehard NRM supporters and tribal men and women (you know cases in court or that have been thrown out) should face death
by firing squad where they committed the crime.That will assure the country of another 13–20 years of peace depending on other issues that are making people so terribly worried being resolved .

Modern criminal law, can’t solve what we are experiencing in Uganda.In fact the raising prisoner population is another future concern. And if we insist, I can assure what we have seen so far where he justice system is part of these sort things will overwhelm every body. That is one.

Uganda police petitioned over rampant kidnaps and murder of women


Second, although some of these crimes appear to be random as the one
in Mutukula Lyantonde over the weekend where a police and UPDF officer were involved, crime is taking on a dangerous momentum – people are thinking of big money. In this case a rich man hired the police and updf officer , see?!

Where there is big money, the entire criminal and justice system is
dead.This is our country no one should be ashamed of firing squad for killers of women and children.

I have lived long enough on this earth to understand the nature of
certain things. Crime develops like cancer and if you do not act
faster, we are moving to Italy. The police are also human beings.

Third – Uganda is in a phase where people earn little but needs are
exploding beyond their means (car, mansions, smart phone, grocery
store, startime , flat screens).

The economy can’t move faster- unless the state instill a sense of
purpose among the citizen – many of us are dead. Those young people
you represent are coming for us to get the money, the car, the flat
screen, you name.From Friday 28 June to Saturday 29 June (24 hours) more than 15 people just in a radius of 150 kilometers have been murdered!What else can the police and Ochola do? For the past one year all murderers have been caught but the situation is not getting better!

Two weeks ago, a person a women killed 7 family members.
https://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Horrific-scenes–Mbarara-murder-of-seven-family-members/688334-5150502-5qiy5gz/index.html

Had Idi Amin not shocked Ugandans with executions – the seventies
would have been hell.There are three levels that should be considered now

1. National Security is at stake – The Army must come in to rescue the situation. That implies they go in and open a war against state
aggressors. That means implies do whatever is possible to terminating
these kinds before they do more damage.

2. Local Security is at stake- The police can no longer help the
situation since they are infiltrated by criminals operating with
military skills. The police can’t operate outside the its mandate of
provide law and order in local national frame work. We are left with
option one

3. Local defense security is at stake – the local defense working with the community have no ability whatsoever to fight people with military weapons that has failed in point two.

To note; if the state fails to apply military order by publicly
executing armed criminals, what has been going on from the past two
years has boomeranged into full scale national war that is far worse
than all wars we have had in this country.

This people kill anybody; children, old, women

A big lesson to Police Officers anywhere in the world!


By Halima Kiberu via UAH facebook group

This woman in picture with a police man is Helena from USA. She was caught stealing in the supermarket and the police was called to arrest her.
The surprise of all is when the policeman arrived at the scene and asked her what she stole, she said, “Five Eggs To Feed My Hungry Children.”
The police officer took her back to the supermarket and bought her foodstuffs to feed herself and her kids.
Miss Helena started crying and asked the police officer, “Sir this is too much you have done for me..”
The police officer replied, “Sometimes we shouldn’t apply the law but must apply the humanity!”

How MUK can protect its students from Insecurity in Kampala!


BY W.B.KYIJOMANYI VIA UAH FORUM

Please take the ideas to the university administration and guild. They can at least do something on campus which is a city of its own. Improve lighting, install emergency phone numbers in bright-yellow -colour, sensitize university students about their locations, ensure the emergency phones work by simply puling the button and university and Wandegeya police would know the exact location. First year students should be given proposer orientation that all that glitters in the city is not necessarily good. Especially first year students coming to Kampala for the first time and get caught up in the excitement.

Also urge the university to have safe travel services made of a female and make student with walk talkies and the capacity to alert police in Wandegeya directly. . The university could buy carts for such safe services for students walking within 2 kilometers of campus. For example, students from the library could be escorted to Wandegeya, halls of residence and some of the nearby hostels and even Mulago. That is what safety is about. And universities can and should take it seriously to minimize opportunities for criminal elements to exploit.

Challenge the guild to do something practical beyond mere protests. Such service could be available from 7 pm to 12 pm or when the main library closes. The university should vet and then hire 20 students, 10 female , 10 male. Any student with a criminal record is not eligible for safe travel services, which would be paid duty. Pick up locations could be main hall, halls of residences, library even the main gate. Then students can feel secure.

Kampala could become the kidnap capital of Africa!


Folks:

Mr. Onyango-Obbo said something very interesting in his column , which the IGP should think about. That many of the kidnappings in Uganda especially around Kampala may have been carried out by rival state security agencies to discredit and undermine general Kale Kayihura’s leadership, an old boy of St Leo Kyegobe for his O’levels before joining SMACK. That is certainly credible. There are rogue elements within the multitude of security agencies created by YKM. Factor in the rivalry and Ugandans could be in for real trouble. as Mr Onango-Obbo opined with great trepidation, if the situation is not reversed Kampala could become the kidnap capital of Africa!. Very scary.

Bottom line: the IGP may plead with Ugandans for help but he must be on guard for similar rogue state agents. He may be lucky in that General Tumwine seems to be pre occupied with his Nommo gallery wars than upstaging him. if the blue eyed boys could dare undermine General KK, they certainly can do even more to discredit IGP Okoth Ochola.

While still at it, what is the state of lighting on Kampala streets for example? If there is proper lighting Ugandans should be able to move freely all night from the city centre to Wandegeya and Makerere. So what is the state of lighting on Bombo Rd between city centre and wandegeya? Wandegeya and Makerere Main gate etc.? What is the state of lighting om Makerere campus itself?

Proper lighting would certainly improve security and minimize opportunities for criminal elements to pounce.

Ditto between Wandegeya-Mulago-Kamwokya. With proper lighting why can’t Ugandans walk freely and safely to and from any time?

Also how many emergency phones connected to police have ben installed on university campuses and een identified streets and in working condition all the time. How many are there in Makerere? Do university students know they exist and their locations? One would have assumed the university mapped potential security risks due to perhaps bad lighting, location etc. and installed emergency phones painted in Yellow-sorry that is the colour here.

Furthermore what has the police, politicians , administrators parents, LC, FM radio stations done to sensitize Ugandans about their safety? How many programs on the numerous FM stations talk about safety on a regular basis? But I bet you many have programs preparing Ugandans for ‘feasting and being feasted on”.

How many Ugandans who are eager for free things-yes cheap-continue to get in cars or boda bodas with strangers? What is being done to warn Ugandans to forego such ‘free’ rides for the sake of their safety?

How about schools? Cellphones are the norm even in Uganda. Have schools asked parents to submit the names of individuals who are authorized to pick their children from school including their home numbers? It may still be the case that anyone can show up at any school and say I am here to pick so and so and off they go. Why is that still allowed when kidnappings and sacrifices of children is rampant?

Folks, blame the former IGP if you will but surely he can’t take responsibility for such stupidity in Uganda. A country of , well [fill in].

It goes without saying that safety begins with individuals. But if some Ugandans continue to trust strangers to enter their cars, board their boda boda and even their homes, there is nothing the police can do. As the saying goes “mujinga anawumia (sp). And many Ugandans fit that description at least when it comes to personal safety. Dumb as hell.

WBK

The IGP should consider these suggestions to fight crime in Uganda!


BY W.B.KYIJOMANYO VIA UAH FORUM

The IGP must show leadership and not play to the media. Some of the suggestions the IGP and his team should consider include the following:

1) If there is no police database yet for all criminal offenders-rapists and anyone convicted of a gun related crime-the IGP should act with speed and set up one to include all their details from finger prints , photos , locations etc.

2) All convicted rapists and anyone convicted of a gun related crime or robbery with violence MUST be required to report to the nearest police station if they change location. For example, if they move from Kireka to Mutundwe, they must report to the nearest police station in Mutundwe. The police must then notify residents without releasing the individuals name that a convicted rapist or hard core criminals now lives within their vicinity. That warning is to alert residents as the police and LC since YKM destroyed chiefs must then keep an eye on the criminals. Whenever and wherever they move to, the convicted criminals in the categories mention MUST report to the nearest police station. If they live normal lives without reoffending fine. However, should they be caught reoffending after doing their time, they should be designated serial offenders in the national criminal database.

3). All boda boda drivers must be vetted afresh, their finger prints taken and entered in a national database. I suppose boda boda are licenced. So before they get those licensing, there should be a 3 day waiting period for police and other licensing agencies to verify. To eliminate bribery to get away with crimes, the locations where boda boda report for finger printing should not be the place where the final decision is mad. They can return to the initial point for results but the final decision is made elsewhere by a multi task team of police/URA/national ID authority or whoever issues IDs/ Licensing authority etc. Members of the multi task agencies must have access to the finger print results simultaneously. Before prospective boda boda drivers are cleared, all such officers must approve and sign . Any prospective driver with a criminal record of ANY sort must be barred from boda boda activities. Same procedure should apply to taxi drivers and conductors.

Actually not just boda boda but those with criminal records must be barred from working with children, the elderly and other vulnerable populations. This means that all nursery school teachers and even lower primary school teachers must produce a police report. Failure to do so they are disqualified from such activities. To go further even domestic helpers should be required to produce those report reports generated from the said database. Why? Crime happens because of opportunity. These measures are intended to minimize such opportunities.

If I may ask,are boda boda bikes licensed? Do they have number plates etc.? If not they should. Do some boda boda drivers hire out their bikes? Drivers who are vetted, licensed and hire out their boda boda bikes to unlicensed and unvetted boda boda drivers should forfeit their licenses . However they are free to hire out their bikes to licensed and vetted boda boda drivers. Are boda boda drivers licensed to ply particular roads or they are free to go anywhere? that ought to change. Boda boda drivers should be licensed to drive in specific zones, for example Kampala North aka Kawempe division, South Division, East Division, Central division etc. Of course police should be flexible in case a boda boda picks up a students from Makerere who wants to go to Kyambogo and vice versa.

4). The police should investigate through and not rush to take suspects to Court aka Kenya style where they arrest and then investigate. That is why all high profile corruption cases in Kenya have failed. Why? Police play to the media , rush to arrest suspects and then investigate . IGP Ochola should be wary of press conferences or even acting on pressure from media and the public. Let the police take time to investigate cases and only when ready go to court. Obviously the situation in Uganda is tricky, the police and DPP need to be on the same page.

If I may ask again,does the IGP or the police in Uganda know where convicted hard core criminals who were released from prison are/ How many are still in Kampala? How many moved to Kampala from upcountry etc. If they have no clue how do they hope to fight crimes? Folks, studies show that younger offenders in particular are very likely to reoffend within less than one year.

The IGP and Ugandans must realize that police is a necessary evil.

Not everybody in Uganda Police is Bad!


By Peter Simon in Canada

Most of our police men and women are actually good and descent people, only a few criminals have spoiled the police institution. I have good friends, relatives and other people I came to know through my other engagements who are so professionals but when you give thugs police uniforms and guns or you rapidly promote juniors to high ranks without attaining right experience and training for the position, then disaster befalls the institution and the nation but that doesn’t mean that all are bad.

What we need is to reorganize the force, carry out head count and let individuals identify where they trained, who were their squad mates, where did they study and when did their complete their programs etc, which can be verified in many ways and that would help weed out thugs posing as policemen and women police.

I think I have narrated here how those police you abuse made a stellar recovery of my bag containing very sensitive materials in Kampala; I was shocked to see policemen coming to look for a gentleman who had reported theft of his bag, when I reached the station, indeed it was my back, yes they did it so it is wrong to blame the entire force. And not long ago, I visited Uganda and some conman sweet talked me into surrendering Sh.300, 000 and disappeared; I reported the matter to police and after describing the conman’s appearance, the police went into work and I went my way but 3 days later when I returned home, they informed me that they had arrested the guys and true to their word, the conman and his mastermind were behind bars, they apologized but I told them that all I wanted was my money which they paid and I left them with the police.

Yes, some members in police uniforms are unprofessional but it is hard to know whether they are the Uganda Police Force UPF) or Kale Kayihura Police Force (KKPF) personnel because Kale Kayihura could pick thugs and promote them to any rank as he liked ( eg Abudalla Kitatta, Dixon etc.)

WHAT EXACTLY HAPPENED IN ARUA? MY STORY!



WHAT EXACTLY HAPPENED IN ARUA? MY STORY!
(As narrated by Hon Kyagulanyi/Bobi Wine)

Fellow Ugandans, friends and well-wishers from around the world,

I am sorry, I have taken a bit long to write to you about the trials and tribulations, for which you all stood with me. It’s been tough days, as I recover from the physical and mental trauma I endured. I am overwhelmed by your support and words of encouragement. I cannot repay you in any other way, except sticking to those values which bind all of us together- justice, equality and human dignity.

I will be communicating more in the coming days and where possible send my appreciation to the different individuals and organizations. In this post however, I want to recount what exactly happened to me. I am very grateful to my wife Barbie, and my lawyers who narrated to the world these events, but I also wanted to tell this sad story PERSONALLY. I felt more compelled to speak out after reading the many posts written by President Museveni and other government officials about what happened.

I read the things they were saying while I was in detention, and found them absurd to say the least. I was shocked on how they tried to downplay the atrocities committed by security agencies on innocent citizens.
So let me set the record straight.

It was 13th August and it was the last day of campaigns in the Arua municipality by-election. As always we had a great campaign day. As I left the rally, I was convinced that our candidate Hon. Kassiano Wadri would win the election. So we moved from the rally at about 5:30pm and the people followed us, singing songs of freedom and chanting “People Power – Our Power.” Together with Hon. Kassiano and a few other leaders, we parted with the multitude, bade them farewell and went into Royal hotel where Hon. Wadri was staying.

We watched the 7:00pm news from the hotel lobby as we took tea and took stock of the day’s events. It was of course very exciting to watch that day’s news. The anchor said we were clearly ahead of the other candidates and the television relayed images of the massive rally and procession we had had on that day. Shortly after, I decided to move to Pacific hotel where I was staying so as to rest after the very busy day. It was at that point that I sat in my tundra vehicle, in the co-driver’s seat. The gentleman who was driving the tundra that day is one of our drivers (not Yasin). He moved out of the vehicle to call other team members who were supposed to drive with us. He took a bit long and I moved into my other vehicle (a land cruiser) which was right next to the tundra and whose driver was already seated on the driver’s seat. We immediately set off for Pacific hotel. I did not even see what happened after or how late Yasin ended up on my seat in the tundra. For clarity, he had been driving another vehicle that day.

I had started taking the stairs to my room when this driver came running to say that Yasin Kawuma had been shot. I could not believe it. I asked him where he was and he told me they were parked outside the hotel. We paced down and I saw with my own eyes, my friend and comrade Yasin, giving way as he bled profusely. I quickly asked a team member to take him to hospital and another to call the police. We had not stepped away from that place when angry looking SFC soldiers came, beating up everyone they could see.

As soon as they saw me, they charged saying “there he is” in Swahili. So many bullets were being fired and everyone scampered to safety. I also ran up into the hotel with a throng of people who had gathered around. Inside the hotel, I entered a random room and locked myself in. It is at that point that my media assistant shared with me Yasin’s picture which I tweeted because the world needed to know what was going on.

I could hear the people outside and in the hotel corridors crying for help. I could also hear the soldiers pulling these helpless people past the room in which I was, saying all sorts of profanities to them while beating them mercilessly.

I stayed in the room for a long time. At some point, I heard soldiers pull some woman out of her room and ask her which room Bobi Wine had entered. The woman wailed saying she didn’t know and what followed were terrible beatings. I could hear her cry and plead for help as she was being dragged down the stairs. Up to now, that is one experience that haunts me; that I could hear a woman cry for help, yet I was so vulnerable and helpless. I could not help her.

I stayed put for some hours, and I could hear the soldiers come every few minutes, bang some doors on my floor or other floors and go away. At different times I would sleep off, but was always rudely awakened by the banging of doors and the impatient boots that paced throughout the hotel for the whole night. In the wee hours of the morning, the soldiers started breaking doors of the different hotel rooms. With rage, they broke doors, and I knew they would soon come to my room. I therefore put my wallet and phone into my socks. I also had with me some money which I had earned from a previous music show. I also put it into the socks.

A few minutes later, a soldier hit my door with an iron bar and after two or three attempts the door fell in. We looked each other in the eye as he summoned his colleagues in Swahili. Another soldier pointed a pistol on my head and ordered me to kneel down. I put my hands up and just before my knees could reach the floor, the soldier who broke into the room used the same iron bar to hit me. He aimed it at my head and I put up my hand in defence so he hit my arm. The second blow came straight to my head on the side of my right eye. He hit me with this iron bar and I fell down. In no minute, all these guys were on me- each one looking for the best place to hurt. I can’t tell how many they were but they were quite a number.

They beat me, punched me, and kicked me with their boots. No part of my body was spared. They hit my eyes, mouth and nose. They hit my elbows and my knees. Those guys are heartless!

As they dragged me out of the room, they continued to hit me from all sides. After some time, I could almost no longer feel the pain. I could only hear what they were doing from a far. My cries and pleas went unheeded. The things they were speaking to me all this while, I cannot reproduce here. Up to now, I cannot understand how these soldiers who I probably had never met before in person could hate me so much.

They wrapped me in a thick piece of cloth and bundled me into a vehicle. Those guys did to me unspeakable things in that vehicle! They pulled my manhood and squeezed my testicles while punching me with objects I didn’t see. They pulled off my shoes and took my wallet, phone and the money I had. As soon as the shoes were off, they started hitting my ankles with pistol butts. I groaned in pain and they ordered me to stop making noise for them. They used something like pliers to pull my ears. Some guy unwrapped me and instead tied the thick cloth around my head. They forced my head below the car seat so as to stop me from shouting. Then they hit my back and continued to hit my genitals with objects. The marks on my back, ankles, elbows, legs and head are still visible. I continued to groan in pain and the last I heard was someone hit me at the back of the head with an object – I think a gun butt or something. That was the last time I knew what was going on.

By the time I became conscious again, I was somewhere in a small room with a small window. My legs were tied together with my hands with very tight cuffs. I was bleeding from the nose and ears. I was in great pain. My whole body was swollen. I was shaking uncontrollably.

Two soldiers came in. I can now recall that they were visibly pleased to see that I was still alive. They came close to me. One of them apologized in tears about what had happened. “Bobi, I am sorry but not all of us are like that. Some of us actually like you,” he said. He said that doctors were on their way to treat me. I stayed in the same position and after a few hours, about four soldiers came in and lifted me on a piece of cloth. One of them took a picture of me, (I hope to see that picture some day in my life). As we went out, I read “Arua airfield’ somewhere. I was taken into a waiting military helicopter and taken to a place which I later found out was Gulu 4th Division military barracks. It was at that facility that some military doctors came in and started giving me injections.

At that point I could not even complain as I was not yet fully alert. I was very dizzy and had not eaten or drank anything for many hours. My sight was very weak as well. I spent the night there. Late in the night, I was picked again from this detention facility. With my head covered with a dark cloth that felt like a t-shirt, I was taken to Gulu Police Station where I was forced to sign a written statement by an officer called Francis Olugo in the presence of some other officer who I later learnt is the CID head of Gulu. I can hardly recall what was contained in that statement! I was then returned to Gulu military barracks, put on a metallic bed and handcuffed on it. Very early morning, I was picked from this room and taken to another very secluded and dirty room where I was put on another bed, hand-cuffed again and injected with a drug that immediately sent me into a deep sleep.

The following day I can recall that at some point, Hon. Medard Ssegona and Hon. Asuman Basalirwa came to me. My efforts to rise and speak to them didn’t yield much. The moment they saw me, they could hardly hold tears. I have a faint recollection of what they told me, but their visit was very short.

I was later carried into a hall where I saw soldiers dressed smartly. I would lie if I said I fully appreciated what was going on at that point. I was later told that I was appearing before the General Court Martial!!!

After a short while, I was again carried into a military helicopter.

When it landed, I was put into a vehicle and driven to another place which I later found out was Makindye military barracks.

At Makindye, I was now fully alert and had a drink for the first time after two or three days. I saw doctors come in several times and they gave me all kinds of injections. At some point, I tried to object and these guys would hold my arms from behind and inject me anywhere. If I asked what drug it was, the guy would say something like, “This is diclofenac, can’t you see?” At some point, some guy came in and wanted to stitch my ear which had an open wound. I pleaded with him not to, and he relented. All the while I was spending the day and night with my hands and legs cuffed until a few days later. Thankfully although the scars are still visible, the wound on my ear healed.

It was after some time at Makindye that I was able to see my wife and my brother Eddy Yawe, who came in with some lawyers, some friends and dignitaries from the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC). I will never forget the atmosphere in that room- people started crying upon setting eyes on me. At that point, I could not sit, walk or even stand by myself. I was still swollen and spoke with great difficulty due to chest pains. My teeth were shaking and the headache was unbearable. I am thankful that the UHRC made a report which I later read. At least it captured in part, the state in which they found me. As the government agency mandated to fight human rights violations, I am eagerly waiting to see what actions they will take to ensure that no Ugandan is taken through this ever again. Not even President Museveni. I cannot wish what happened to me upon anyone. Not even those soldiers who violated me as if they were beasts. I remember two other things about that visit. Despite the pain I had that day, I remember forcing a smile when they told me that I had been charged with unlawful possession of firearms.

I was told that three guns had been assembled and said to have been found in my room! I could not believe that the state would torture a Ugandan so bad and then frame him with possession of guns! I did not stop thinking about that for all the days I spent at Makindye. How ruthless, how callous, how inhumane could these guys be? It was also on that day that I was told about the alleged stoning of the President’s vehicle.

The other thing I remember is this- I asked my visitors if we had won the Arua election. They told me we had won with a big margin and I thanked God. That strengthened my spirit because I knew that the people were with us, even in the kind of sufferings and indignities we were being subjected to.

I was very sad as I am today, that they murdered my brother Yasin in cold blood and did not allow me to bury him. They told me about my other comrades who were also incarcerated and I kept praying for them. (Of course every visitor had to speak to me in the presence of military personnel.) Although I was very pleased to see all visitors, when I was released, I read the comments which some of the visitors made to the press (particularly government officials). I felt sad that we have a lot of dishonest, cold people who don’t care riding on someone’s tragedy for political capital. I want to believe that we are better than that, dear Ugandans.

Anyway, while at Makindye I was briefed that I was expected in court on 23rd August, about nine days after I was taken there. Some military doctors continued to come in to inject me, wash my wounds and give me pain killers. At night on two occasions, I was put into military vehicles and driven to Kampala Imaging Centre for scans. I could not object or even ask questions. I am worried because one of the machines seemed very dangerous. As soon as I was placed into it and it was switched on, the doctors ran to a safe distance and started seeing me from a small window. It was there that the radiologist told me how one of my kidneys and back had been damaged during the assault. I was however not given any written medical report by the military.

It was clear they wanted me to appear in better shape at the next time of my court appearance and they did everything possible to achieve that. A day or two at Makindye, this guy was candid. He told me it was in my interest to eat well, take in all the medicine and look better by 23rd or else they would not allow the press to see me and I would be remanded again until I was presentable enough! They even forcefully shaved my hair and beards. When I hesitated, this soldier told me, ‘gwe osaaga’ (You are kidding). Two of them held my hands from behind and shaved me by force. At some point, they insisted I must wear a suit for my next appearance before the court martial and asked me to tell my wife to bring me one. I also insisted that I did not have it. At another point I hesitated to allow some eye drops for my right eye which was very red and swollen. I always wanted to know what drugs I was being given. These guys held my arms from behind and one of them literally poured the entire bottle into my eye! Later, the military doctor also provided me with a crutch to aid me in walking. At that point, I was able to stand up, although with difficulty. When you hear all this you may think that all our soldiers are brutal. Far from that, most of them are wonderful people. There are many I interacted with during this ordeal who were extremely professional and sympathetic. It was hard to comprehend how people serving the same force, putting on the same uniform could be very different in appreciation and approach to a citizen of Uganda.

When I was taken back to Gulu on 23rd, I was very happy to see the people who came to court including family members, comrades in the struggle and lawyers. I cannot explain how I felt when the lawyer for the army said that charges of unlawful possession of firearms had been dropped. I did not feel vindicated. I was not excited. I was not moved. I just cannot explain how I felt. I just remembered what these people had done to me and tears came to my eyes. Shortly after, I was rearrested right in front of the courtroom and taken to Gulu prison. At the military prison, I was wearing a red uniform – this time, I was given a yellow one.

Friends, you cannot believe that you can be happy to be in prison but that day I was. I was very happy to leave solitary military confinement and meet up with colleagues who were being held at the Gulu prison. That night I was taken to Lachor hospital in Gulu- other tests and scans were conducted. At that point I was feeling better, especially psychologically since I had reunited with my comrades in the struggle.

Later that night the prison authorities decided to take me into the sickbay as opposed to staying with the other comrades. The other comrades led by Hon. Wadri protested. I could hear them bang the doors of their cell. The following day I was allowed to stay with them. The following day I was allowed to stay with them. This is when I interacted with the other 32 colleagues who had been arrested in the Arua fracas. Being in the same prison ward with Hon. Gerald Karuhanga, Hon. Paul Mwiru, Hon. Kassiano Wadri, Hon. Mike Mabike, John Mary Sebuufu and many other comrades made it feel like a boarding school. It was not a very happy reunion though. Because of the torture some of our comrades had been permanently injured. I cannot forget the pain which Shaban Atiku was going through. He spent every day and night groaning. The doctors had told him he would never walk again because his back had been permanently broken. Sadly, the world may never know him, but he will never go out of my mind. He would later collapse during a court session at Gulu. When I later met the women who were brutalised, it was very painful to see them and listen to their stories.

Many times we joked about the possibility of being hanged if the regime decided to give us the maximum penalty of the offence we had been charged with! This got many of our comrades silent.

Away from these sad moments, the overall prison leader had a box guitar in the ward and together we sang songs of freedom all night. This was the routine every night until we appeared before the Gulu High Court a few days later, for our bail hearing.

My next communication will be a vote of thanks to the world for the overwhelming support and comradeship. I will also talk about what I think we must do together to continue this struggle for liberty and freedom.

I am glad that authorities finally have bowed to your pressure and #HonZaake has been given bond to travel for urgent specialised treatment and I join the world to demand authorities to #FreeEddyMutwe and other political prisoners. WE SHALL OVERCOME.

PS:
1. Please ignore calls from my phone number (0752013306). It was taken from me by soldiers and am told they’re using it to call my friends pretending it is me.

2. Please ignore any communication from other social media accounts and pages under my name apart from this one (with a blue tick) and my verified twitter account (also with a blue tick).

Hon. Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine

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