Life under a dictatorship.

Life under a dictatorship.

 

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All Ugandans are prisoners. Those in exile are like runaway prisoners. They feel some relief but there is a pain in their hearts. They are forced to endure hardships, taunts, abuses etc. Runaway prisoners.

Those at home dare not enjoy any freedoms. They slave away. Receive poor services. Get over taxed and dare not complain when their labour outputs are abused or used to buy tools to oppress them further. A prison inmate has no rights.

The most amazing prisoners are those that once had vestiges of power. Take religious leaders. These have lost nearly all respect and hence authority. The day they accepted to change their authority for small comforts in life like cars. The day they failed to speak out against injustices. So they too watch helplessly as there are fed by goons on tear gas. They are forced to issue a funny statement or sing praises to the dictator.

Business owners and traders— their prison warder is URA. Enough said. They dare not talk. Dare not protest. As for market women, we have City Council or town council. If they don’t sing the praises of the dictator they are summarily finished.

The judiciary is prisoners. Can they dare give rulings as per their conscience? I often laugh at their pretence!

Then we have traditional rulers. Really? Rulers? Oh no, they too are prisoners. What kind of ruler are you when you can’t even control what you say or what you can’t say?

The mass media, these ones have been beaten, bribed, bought and forced to self-censor. The mass media like religious leaders, judiciary and traditional leaders have been forced to speak in whispers. The Ogen Kevin Aliro, Charles Onyango-Obbo type of journalists that you rushed to read their next independent article have either died or been zipped forever. No wonder TVO is the only one that we fellow prisoners look forward too to emerge with some investigative journalism and we are not even sure if its true or a rumour or educated guess!

Ministers? What power do they have? State House cleaners have more power than cabinet Ministers. Army Generals? Wapi? What power do they have? The police? Only Kayihura who is also a prisoner, by the way, can issue orders. And those too are orders from either Muhoozi or Museveni. The prison system!

The prisoners in NRM are even more comical. They have been kneeling. Soon they will be licking the shoes of everything that moves out of Statehouse. Prisoners can really behave funny.

All prisoners must work not only to break the chains but together shatter the prison walls! Period.
[20:09, 30/3/2016] Nicholas: Noted
[20:10, 30/3/2016] Ingrid: Welcome Joseph, Moz, and Sam. Tmro we spark a revolution. It’s Entirely possible peaceful but likely to be painful. Either way.. No turning back.

 

By Joseph Tumushabe.

UG-P10 Africa

NEW METHOD OF PROTESTS ROCK KAMPALA.

NEW METHOD OF PROTESTS ROCK KAMPALA.

NEW METHOD OF PROTESTS ROCK KAMPALA.

The normally militarized city of Kampala on the 31st of March 2016 commenced with a unique form of protests dubbed “Break the chain “a campaign to free the president Dr. Kizza Besigye who is on his 44th day in illegal detention in his house in Kasaganti.
The reality of the day was that the whole country including the security was so consumed by what judgment the supreme court would return in regards to the petition filed by a former presidential contestant John Patrick Amama Mbabazi.
This kind of protest was of a unique level, in that gallant protesters strapped themselves with chain links in very conspicuous and strategic areas of the city of Kampala. The first strike of the day was at around a few minutes past 8am local time in the famous clock tower on Entebbe highway.
The whole action was smartly executed and it exposed the incompetence of the Uganda police. Their were faces visibly irritated police officers seeing the sight of a strapped protestor, who are very peaceful and holding a placard written “‪#‎FREEBESIGYE‬ and ‪#‎FREEMYVOTE‬ “and many more other texts. The police were stuck because they didn’t have chain breakers at the scenes and the crowd kept building up momentarily around the protesters, it, in fact, became iconic for the general publics to pose for selfies with the protestors while others were cheering them and showering the protestors with goodies.
The exercise of these fearless threw the police into paranoia and their response was panicky ,things like to cordon off roads in the city center to try to curtail the elusive protesters, city center roads were unceremoniously sealed off sealed by the reactionary police force, one of the landmark roads in the center of Ugandan activist Katonga road was sealed off by the police suspecting the operation was being directed from that location ,however their search yielded nothing in retaliation the police started to pepper spray journalists covering the protest and apprehending them and throw them behind bars for doing their duties.
The protestors code named “Free my votes agents” continued to strike again and again at different locations all over the center of business districts of Kampala in places like William Street,Mapera house near the fortified city square,Arua park etc. In all those places it attracted cheerful crowds who converged around the fearless chained up agents calling them heroes.
Though eventually the police managed to arrest the protestors and whisked them to different police stations around the city but it’s not yet known what offenses they will charge the protesters with. Some of the protestors were; Kiyemba George,Bukenya Mahad,Kasaga John,Askia Muhamad and Lubuuka Simon Peter.
We are monitoring this new Achilles heels for the Uganda police very closely. Whole in whole it was a smartly planned and executed the campaign, which is bound to shake the police authorities as to how they failed to gather any intelligence about the unique kind of protest that rocked Kampala. Especially on a day they country was so tensely waiting for the verdict from the supreme court of Uganda, I can say these protesters have trended the stories on the social media more than the court ruling.
Written By Moses Atocon
D/Publicity UG-DP10

 

NRM’S FAULTY STRATEGY ON BESIGYE:

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  1. Disable him politically so people lose hope in him, abandon him as a man who could not deliver them to the promised land so his engine loses steam and cause a stampede in FDC and entire opposition. Read the story of Israelite’s on their way from slavery and Moses. The fault in this is looking at KB in isolation rather than the embodiment he represents. Crippling him is killing the aspirations of all his followers which are insurmountable to achieve without credible alternatives which NRM and MU7 cannot deliver even in the next 50 years.
  2. Show full MILITARY MIGHT to deflate public defiance into submission and total surrender to rule uninterrupted as public helplessness in the short term stems pressure off the regime to have time to re-group after being caught stealing a sham election.
  3. Domestic containment is a tactical move to reduce the mobility of KB and his angry supporters all over the country. Strike the shepherd and scatter the sheep policy. Redirects international community pressure away from blatant human rights violations on the principal since his home is better than a detention facility of a popular leader without charge in a court of law. But opposition supporters are endangered all around the country with police executing some extra-judicially others in detention over fake treason charges.
  4. If Museveni won’t be around beyond 2021, the dilemma of a popular Kizza Besigye being around scares the hell out of NRM people in these 5 years. Succession planning has to take care of Museveni’s vulnerability as age and the battering of nature take a toll on his physical frame. There is no chance NRM will gain more support in the next 5 years but the opposition can only grow in number as NRM has no magic bullet to deliver on her promises anyway.
  5. The Public is supposed to be re-directed to another opposition leader away from Kizza-Besigye Wrn. The regime wants the opposition in turmoil to abandon Besigye and pick a new leader among themselves and let KB’s fire burn out quietly at Kasangati.

UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES:

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  1. Col. Dr. Kizza Besigye has recuperated physically and emotionally after a long period of elections and galvanized public sympathy and shared pain after a STOLEN SHAM ELECTION. He has convinced the public now that NRM & MU7 are an OCCUPATIONAL FORCE and Ugandans their VICTIMS.
  2. The population continues to demonstrate a unity against the SHAM ELECTION given the mood even in the Churches or funerals, the outcry of musicians and fear of possible backlash even in corporate businesses.
  3. The THEFT OF THE SHAM ELECTION has galvanized the diaspora to make their political grievances known to their host governments pushing Uganda’s diplomatic missions around the world to work on damage control while signaling the international community.
  4. The International Community has taken note and gradually starting to look at a future of Uganda after Museveni given the sentiments of US Ambassador Samantha Powers to the UN recently about four regional centers of dictatorial tendencies.
  5. The radicals in the regime have taken over COMMAND CONTROL in the hope they can subdue the growing radicalism in the masses and the stage for sabotage is upon us.
  6. Moderates, donors, religious and traditional leaders want a NEGOTIATION but after stealing a SHAM ELECTION the regime does not know how to NEGOTIATE without appearing weak with the egg of illegitimacy on its face.
  7. NRM cannot continue STEALING SHAM ELECTIONS given the growing risk of rebellion in the country. It has no more option but to institute electoral reforms and win back legitimacy within the population and the international community. This was a SHAM ELECTION and losing a sham election and stealing it instead is not 21st-century politics.
  8. The use of BRUTAL FORCE was intended to create a sense of public helplessness, the masses were supposed to show signs of surrender and the regime architects wanted to believe that a military siege will make Ugandans cow in but there seem no signs of helplessness. The masses continue to demand the freedom of their leader, demand that KB is installed President, they continue to pay allegiance to even more defiance, demand for boycotts, prayer and the regime is stuck with its MILITARY HARDWARE AND PERSONNEL on the streets in a deadly stalemate for the economy.

 

By political analyst

Maverick Blutaski

A letter to the Arch Bishop of Uganda Diocese

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I have 4 questions for Archbishop Ntagali:

My Lord Bishop Ntagali, since you were reported in the local media congratulating Museveni on his “victory” and telling the faithful to be “calm”, I have agonized about your ideas until today when I gathered the courage to write to you. These are the 4 questions that have been going on in my mind:

1) If you, my Lord Bishop, put yourself in the shoes of Dr. Besigye, you won, or even let say you lost an election, and Dr. Besigye is president and he has put you, Ntagali under house arrest, no charge, no access to court, no nothing, would you, my Lord Bishop be calm. Would you ask Ugandan citizens to be calm when they are clamoring for you to get justice?

If a president: Museveni, Besigye, Kyalya – or any other put you under house arrest, or kept you in an un-gazette prison for more than the constitutionally mandated 48 hours, would you really want us to remain calm?

2) Do you stand for justice and fairness. Or do you actually understand that injustice and unfairness are the sources of instability. Can you find some useful verses in the Holy Book that tell us that you can proclaim peace on the mountain of injustice and unfairness?

3) My Lord Bishop, do you see yourself and your fellow members of the clergy as having the responsibility to fight for your followers. Jesus that you preach about came down here and died for the sinners. Would you. Ntagali lay down your life to die so that your followers can get justice.

4) Ntagali, you are asking us to be calm. But do you know that when Amin was killing Ugandans and abusing their human rights, Janan Luwum gave leadership to the church to fight the dictatorship. When the Leopard comes for you, and all the men and women of the clergy, do you, Ntagali wants us to remain calm.

MY LORD BISHOP, DO YOU REALIZE THAT BY CHOOSING TO REMAIN NEUTRAL, BY NOT SPEAKING OUT AGAINST INJUSTICE AND ABUSE OF HUMAN RIGHTS, YOU ARE CHOOSING THE SIDE OF THE OPPRESSOR.

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By Godber Tumushabe

 

GODBER W. TUMUSHABE is a lawyer, policy analyst and social entrepreneur. He was born in the Ntungamo district of South West Uganda

Kiggundu Laid bare!

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Muhammad Mbabazi, the lead counsel of former prime minister who contested as an independent candidate in the presidential elections today morning submitted that the results announced by the electoral commission were illegal.
“It is our submission that the election wasn’t fair. Electoral Commission enacted it is own results and used them to declare Museveni winner,” he submitted.
“Were the results used legal? Under what law were they used? Do we have to make fresh tallies at district level?”
He argued that the actual results of the presidential elections are in the declaration forms which the petitioner is looking for.
“Our submission is, if there are no DR forms then there are no results…We are saying that the results declared were a nullity,” Muhammad Mbabazi said.
Amama’s lawyers finally delivered their punches today. After a week of evasive maneuvers that saw them exposed in court for falsely claiming to have given DR Forms and Tally Sheets to the petitioner, the EC was yesterday forced to hand them over.
Skeletons started diving out of that closet immediately:
1. In Kabale, Hope Mwesigye testified that no tallying was done. Police stormed the tally centre and took away the Returning Officer (RO) and his server and maths. In rebuttal, the EC had submitted the RO’s affidavit saying Hope lied, he tallied and read results in Kabale. Today, from EC docs, Mohammed produced the RO’s statutory report to the EC saying he delivered the district computer server to Kampala after technical problems in transmission. EC nabbed lying in court, pants down.
2. Electronic tallying and false tallying generally:
A) petitioner used EC’s own documents and produced a matrix of dozens of polling stations where votes cast exceeded total number of registered voters by very material numbers ranging from 50-300% excess. Museveni won all those.
😎 in dozens of polling stations in Kiruhura, about 136 or so, 100% of registered voters voted and 100% of them voted Museveni. Nobody abstained. Nobody had travelled, fell sick, was imprisoned or died since registration and nobody gave even 1 vote to another candidate.
C) in multiple cases, the numbers on the tally sheets used by the EC were totally different from the ones on the DR forms given to court by the EC. This was seen in Kyenjojo, Wakiso, Kabale and etc. Museveni ended up with more votes.
D) in almost all results from Jinja district, the tally sheets used are time stamped 4pm with zero for all candidates but the ECannounced Museveni winner in Jinja using that very tally sheet. Where did their numbers come from?
E) for Wakiso and Kampala where delivery was late. The tally sheets show receipt of tallied data from polling stations where voting was still in progress.
F) data entry and tallying at districts was done without the presence of candidates’ agents, a total breach of the law and the transparency principle.
G) similarly, no witnessing of tallying was allowed at Namboole. Candidates’ agents were just given a screen similar to what the public viewed at home on tv. They witnessed announcements only, not tallying as required by law.
H) according to Kiggundu, it took only 30 seconds to verify and process a voter using the biometric voter verification kit. According to a polling station presiding officer trained by the EC. It took 2 minutes. If the presiding officer is correct, only 7.2 million people could have voted, not the almost 10 million people the E MC says voted.
I) Kiggundu testified that the BVVK kits cud not store voter registration data but it’s apparently available at district EC servers and was withheld from court. Where did the EC get the data on total votes cast since they tallied from non-DR sources and none BVVK sources? Kiggundu did not tally from Declaration of Results forms from polling station as required by law. Also, popular social media was blocked to cripple the ability of candidates’ agents to independently transmit true results for tallying or to report malpractices. A GFwd agent who reported in HOIMA that ballot box seals were broken before voting started was arrested by the police and DISO as a national security threat.
J) petitioner had submitted that the EC had no legal cover in the Presidential Elections Act to replace witnessable manual tallying at the district with the Electronic Data Results Transmission System. EC had replied saying yes, true but they got legal cover from the Electronic Data Transmission Act which says data shall not be invalidated because it is electronically submitted. Today the petitioner submitted that that law validates data only if it is both authentic and properly transmitted. Petitioner submitted that he had proved the data sent from the districts and used at Namboole was riddled with fraud and falsehoods.
K) petitioner submitted that in 2011, the EC submitted regulations to Parliament to give legality to the use of phone and fax transmission, meaning they knew this was required under the Presidential Elections Act in 2011 but did not do it legally for 2016. EC claimed they gazetted the regulations but failed to give a copy to court.
L) petitioner submitted that asking complainants to prove quantitative substantial effect gives total cover to cheating when cheating is done en masse to provide huge margins between the cheat and his victim. In this case, the process of data entry and tallying has been exposed to have been so non-transparent and outrightly fraudulent that the high degree of non-compliance with the law renders the result a force of such magnitude that is both unfair and an absurdity to ask the victim to prove anything further in numbers against such invalid numbers.

 

Written By Joseph Tumushabe

Uganda P10 Daispora Africa Cordinator.

Forceful closure of political space is radicalizing our society.

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Forceful closure of political space is radicalizing our society.

After the Sunday, March 06, 2016 armed attack on Kapchorwa central police station which left three, including two police officers, dead and some weapons taken; a number of unverifiable but irrefutable reports have indicated that the attack was masterminded by a group calling itself “Save Uganda Now” (SUN). The group, it was reported, claimed responsibility and it is said to have officially launched a guerrilla war against the current regime. This comes amidst numerous violent armed struggles that have been launched in a more or less similar manner since 1986. Many of them—like LRA, ADF among others—have either been defeated as official discourse suggests or tactfully retreated and have since then resorted to hit-and-run tactics as they rebuild momentum. But above all, the Sunday attack came at a time when several citizens’ non-violent attempts to express their discontent peacefully as evidenced by the 2011 Walk to Work campaigns organized by “Activists for Change” (A4C); activities of “For God and my Country” (4GC); peaceful demonstrations of different kinds of others have been tried and faced the full force of state militancy. This spells out a few clues to the question of why violent antagonism is on the rise in our society today.
First of all, it has to be noted that antagonisms are not a social anomaly. They are a constitutive part of any society. In the struggle for hegemony, different social forces always compete for power through articulating their views apropos management of commons. The winner, in such endless articulation contests, temporarily manages to enforce their social order and social life continues. Extremely violent forms of antagonism can be foreclosed since people with diverse views and conceptions of social reality can find room within the political space to express themselves and, most importantly, freely and legitimately compete for the attainment of power. Democracy, with all its limitations, rests on inter alia such a premise. The political culture of multipartyism, which Uganda officially embraced more than a decade ago, implies, in this case, genuine and legitimate openness of the political space for different political groups and actors to compete for power by ‘selling’ their views and ideas, their plans apropos management of commons, to citizens who hold the power to endorse those they want through periodically organized free and fair elections.
Within such conditions, people generally find no need for violent armed struggles as there is genuine and legitimate accommodation of people with diverse views within the political space. Political parties can, without any undue limitations, freely articulate their views, ideas, and plans for social change. Members of these political parties can contest for electable political positions by participating in free and fair elections, not elections that are at best a symbolic ceremonial event that serves only to legitimize anyone’s power. Social order, however, precarious it is,  can prevail in an inherently conflictual nature of society without conflicts taking on extremely violent forms.
Therefore, violent struggles, as those that have surfaced in Uganda over the years, are a true manifestation of deliberate but misguided brutal attempts by the prevailing establishment to close the political space for legitimate dissent. This is evident in the continued practical criminalization of political party activities through misuse of state security organs; routine baseless arrests and detention of opposition political actors as seen in the just concluded Presidential elections, elections that have left Dr. Kizza Besigye, the leading opposition candidate, under illegal incarceration; the passing of draconian laws like the so-called “public order management” law and the illegalization of all peaceful and legitimate channels for political dissent; disenfranchisement of whole populations through vote buying and massive rigging as seen in almost each and every election since 1986 among other cases, to mention but a few. It is precisely these actions by the establishment — actions that have forcefully closed the political space for non-violent struggle — that are breeding violent struggles as different groups and individuals try to find alternative channels to express themselves and, above all, the struggle for power. Even by intuition, one can easily tell that such a trend can only grow provided the political environment remains unchanged.

 

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Adventino BANJWA

Ugandan graduate student of Development Studies,

Lund University, Sweden.

Being Peaceful

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Dear friends, colleagues, and comrades in this struggle for liberation none of us are experts in bringing down a dictator who uses the barrel of the gun to neutralize unarmed citizens peacefully. Despite the sheer numerical strength of the population of Uganda, we have taken a conscious decision to opt for a very cautious method of engaging with the state who are vested in using sheer brutality to subjugate the peace loving Uganda.
Let me start by making my heartfelt condolences to the families of Musale Bwambale, James Wayaka, Nason Sagini, Israeli Kake and 3 others citizens who are all residents of Buhuhira Sub County Kasese. 7 people tragically met their death in broad daylight in the hands of Uganda security forces. In an idealistic healthy democracy, security service exists to protect and support the rights of its community, not to repress or curtail freedom and ensure power for the governing regime.
What triggered the clashes in Kasese is well known, the state has been at the forefront of inflaming ethnic friction in the Rwenzonzuru kingdom right before the elections period. The state has failed to amicably resolve a political question through dialogue and instead continue to unleash terror upon the citizens. In this case, the people of Kasese decided to exercise their right by rejecting of the ruling party. Well instead of conceding defeat, the state went into full swing to overturn the results of the elections in favor of an NRM candidate.It’s also alleged they even took the victor away to an unknown location and this is part of the reasons that exacerbated the tension in Hima. The people of Buhurra had every constitutional right to defend their choice of leader, however, the police have instead become instruments of brutal suppression of the will of the people of Uganda especially those in the opposition to the NRM regime, anyway, that will be a topic of another day.
Well the ugly scenes coming from Kasese is precisely what I and FDC party is trying to prevent, having participated previously with Dr. Besigye in the 2011 peaceful demonstration of walk to walk ,I have come to learn a thing or two about what sort of strategies, tactic and methods we can selectively use to weaken the dictator . But like Dr. Besigye we were scolded by a small section of citizens who rejected the approach and in their argument they said peaceful demonstration promotes hooliganism causes mass disruption of business.
Today whoever I would like to defend the choice of nonviolent means over confrontational methods, recently the FDC party has been lambasted over the mainstream and social media in regards to encouraging citizens to stay at home on Thursday.
The “stay at home campaign” that we launched recently was reached after many hours of deliberation, we had to weigh the merits and demerits of many other methods of protesting against a well-armed regime who are hell bent on crushing its own citizens.Our calculations are that we have the numbers to gradually knock down the pillars of powers of the dictator by simply utilizing the people power.
I would like to stress this point again civil disobedience is a war of another kind that must be planned, well-coordinated and well timed. It is not just walking the streets and shouted, it is more serious than that and even more lethal against dictators.
For instance, nonviolent action works by getting a population to withdraw its support and obedience from the repressive regime. Eventually, by peaceful means, we can build coalitions with key groups to withdraw their consent to the regime and this action alone is able to remove the sources of power for a regime.
Can you imagine how weak the regime will become when the taxpayer, business, civil servants and the security services stopped cooperating with the regime?
Collectively the people must resolve to methodically knock off the 5 pillars of powers that give the regime legitimacy.All of these sources of power, that sustains the regime is dependent on the acceptance of the regime, on the submission and obedience of the population, and on the cooperation of innumerable people and the many institutions of society. When this obedience, acceptance, and support are withdrawn, the regime will be severely weakened or toppled.
The jittery Ugandans should bare with us, this method of nonviolent action will not take longer to produce victory than if we assumed violent struggle against a well-trained force. You might be impatient which is understandable, it has taken us this long because to achieve victory many diverse factors are at play—primarily we have been progressively working on our strengths, strategy, and tenacity of many nonviolent groups.
The moral thing of life should be protected and preserve lives at all costs and only expended in planned and well thought out engagements. So let’s continue to work peacefully and support the stay at home campaign,we shall win this struggle by sacrificing in one way or another ,I conclude by quoting a Former USA President J. F. Kennedy who famously stated: “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”.

Ingrid

Ingrid Turinawe. 
Secretary for mobilisation for Forum for democratic change, a political party in Uganda.
God bless Uganda

Is Museveni preparing Uganda for Genocide after his defeat?

Is Museveni preparing Uganda for Genocide after his defeat at Polls?
 
Reference is made to Mr. Museveni’s persisten framing of Ugandans, members of Opposition, and just anyone who disagrees with him, as Rats. We are concerned that this persistent framing of Ugandans as Rats is in an attempt to prepare Ugandans for Genocide just as the 1994 Rwanda Genocide was made possible by the Hutus framing and calling Tutsis Cockroaches. In Northern Uganda, they framed Northerners as “Anyanya, Bacope, Primitive, Chauvinists, Kony, Rebels, Badokolo etc” and murdered those people, interned and annihilated them. It is on record that a key figure in the NRM even referred to those people as biological substances and called for their “crashing”. If we cannot learn from history, let us heed to history. We are dealing with a very dangerous psychopathic regime whose belief in violence supersedes the imperatives of human civilization!
 
According to international experts, there are 10 known stages to a genocide;
1. Classification – Those people against us.
2. Symbolism – giving names and symbols to those against us eg Rats, Cochroaches, Anyanya
3. Discrimination – the use of ridiculous laws and systems of oppression, repression and discrimination – to deny “those others” their rights to vote, socialize, worship etc
4. Dehumanize – when the dominant group denies the human value to the other, by constantly displacing the human value by comparing or framing them as unpleasant, destructible objects – Rats, Rats, Anyanya, Cockroaches etc
5. Organization using the Crime Preventers, the many Veterans, and armed local defence forces etc have been the hallmark of this agenda. Further, the ongoing siege of Kampala by the Military Police and Special Force Brigade only attest to an ongoing over-the-edge preparation.
6. Polarization – using propagation of hate language, invoking Luwero and bush war memories have been an ongoing process.
7. Preparation has been in full gear and we heard Mr. Museveni swearing to the nation that by 2021 he will have wiped out all opposition and critics of his regime. It is such euphemisms that set the ground for highly polarized elements within the regime to commit genocide and disregard human value, as they are committing against Dr. Kiiza Besigye and the numerous FDC Party officials that they are arresting from their homes in the countryside.
8. Persecution is when the action unfolds. This is what awaits the Opposition given the massive importation of weapons and mambas. Other stages of genocide that we have not yet reached are
9. Extermination (which already happened in Northern Uganda)
10. Denial of it (Refer to Northern Uganda and 1994 Rwanda).
 
In conclusion, it is important for people to pay keen attention to the agenda of this regime. It is intent at staying in power by all means possible, including committing a genocide to retain and perpetuate their dominance. Everybody knows that Rats are poisoned and that it is an age old tradition to treat rats as destructible human enemy.
 
We therefore call upon the International Community and Human Rights Activists, the United Nations, European Union, and the United States of America to remain vigilant in support of Ugandans who are now being framed as Rats for systematic eradication by dictator Museveni.
 
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OF RATS & COCKROACHES.

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The common denominator amongst these faces was shown are the words “RATS & COCKROACHES “and many other vulgar words they have used to describe the people they are supposed to lead, who ideally in the normal democratic settings are their masters. However, since absolute power has corrupted them to the extent that they become megalomaniacs, which is a delusional mental disorder that is marked by feelings of personal omnipotence and grandeur, this mostly occurs at the climax of all dictatorships. In other words, they are in the mental state of no return, which makes it virtually impossible to self-correct but rather continue with the course of self-destruction. Therefore, they are inclined to think the people they preside over are pieces of subhuman class and they should be dehumanized.
Dictators have proven that they have the same mentality the manner in which Saddam the Great Hussein of Iraq, Laurent the lawless Gbagbo of Ivory Coast or Muammar the Libyan Gaddafi conducted themselves against the people they are supposed to lead is similar to president Museveni.
Elections would have been very safe exits for long-serving leaders, if not of their greediness. A smart dictator organizes an election to dupe the outside world knowing that internally it’s not a free and fair Presidential Election, yet they water down the real meaning of democracy with impunity.
Dictators have the stealing syndrome in them and they steal right to anything which might even be worthless for them. Besides the people’s money, dictators steal everything right to the ballot or power which they can’t use because no citizen owes a dictator any respect.
This is something the dictator forgets respect is a two-way affair if you steal ballot or my right to vote I will also have not obligation to give you legitimacy. Just like a policeman will never be respected by the taxi-man he extorts money from.
Dictators use the same language and force irreverent ally against the people they claim to lead. For instance, when the problem began in Libya with people protesting against the disappearance of the lawyer investigating the mass graves in which family members were dishonorably buried, Gaddafi said he would go to Benghazi and clean the town house by house; that is, execute the protestors, household after household.
And he kept his word by marching troops for a showdown (violence) against the (peaceful) protesters whom he called “rats and cockroaches”.
Here in Uganda, we now have our own classic case, president Museveni referring to his challenges and opposition leaders as rats. Because the opposition is calling on the people, whose verdict at the last poll was killed and buried, to go to the streets in a peaceful protest, the regime and its handlers spring up to declare they don’t want violence. Who is, then, talking violence here? Of course, the regime; in order to unleash troops to crush the people whose verdict has been stolen and suppress the protest and, thereby, forcefully keep the reins of power.
I conclude by saying, if God wants to destroy a human being the first makes them mad, we witnessed this with Saddam, Gaddafi, Mobutu, Gbagbo, Hussein, Hitler etc.
Written By Moses Atocon.

KEEP THE FDC MANIFESTO ALIVE.

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KEEP THE FDC MANIFESTO ALIVE.

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Ugandans lets continue to keep our eyes wide, the recently botched elections will forever be lodged in the minds of many of us and none of us should allow that image to fade away from our minds. We the citizens need to keep spirits of Dr. Kizza Besigye alive and energized in this difficult times, KB now symbolizes the struggle for liberation from the strongholds of dictatorship, with its adverse effects of cronyism, corruption, patrimony, nepotism and ruined economy. Researchers say “Every year under a dictator the country reduces growth in GDP by between 0,10 and 0.15 percent”. That means, for one man to be in power for 30 years, our average growth is 3.5 percent lower than in a comparable country without an all-powerful leader. This is the high price we are all paying to sustain a life leader.
For those who disagree with this study, they may want to revisit the tragedy in the social service delivery, during the campaign Dr. Kizza Besigye brought to light the decay in the education sector to the world and this has earned him a special adversary status to the regime. Indeed, after widely traversing the entire country and witnessing the dire condition of social services Dr. Besigye could only respond by chiding the mockery in the NRM campaign slogan “Steady Progress”. In his own words, he referred to it as the most cynical campaign slogan towards, the humiliating poverty; the massive unemployment and decayed social services.
In the education sector alone its characterized with dilapidated structures in every region of the country, with a high rate of absenteeism by the teaching staffs and children who go to school every day but are not studying, most leave primary school still struggling to write their names.
Teachers with their low pay have suffered too much under the regime, a case now It’s beginning of school term they and other parents are burdened with school fees.
Therefore, as one of the reasons FDC unveiled their manifesto quite late was that they had to construct a manifesto basing from the campaign assessment and people’s needs. To solve these social problems Dr. Kizza Besigye pledged among other things to pay the lowest grade teachers 650.000 UGX in order to beef up their purchasing power and also restore the pride in the teaching profession. To the youth who are products of the education system Dr. Kizza Besigye promised to:
a) Dedicate at least 30 percent of opportunities such as funding, jobs and procurement available under publicly funded programs for the benefit of the youth.
b) Facilitate smooth transitions of youth from school to the world of work by establishing 10 regional employment transition training centers, including training to increase the occupational and geographical mobility of labor.
c) Take deliberate actions to decentralize economic and industrial development activities, to stimulate local economic development and create jobs across the country.
d) Create incentives for public- private partnerships to benefit the young unemployed people.
e) Ensure a quality education that prepares our youth to compete regionally and internationally.
f) Develop at least 15 modern regional sports facilities.
All these are practical solutions that the FDC`s social contract document the manifest advanced to alleviate the breakdown of social service delivery. Due to that document Ugandans overwhelmingly voted in favor of change, however, their aspirations have still been disrupted and put on hold by a silent coup orchestrated by Museveni and his few loyal military cliques but nevertheless, the citizens will surprise them soon.
Because citizens are sick and tired of sending their children to a broken education system, they voted simply to avoid.
1. Many mores years of their children passing in low grades.
2. Many more years of their children studying under trees.
3. Many more years of their children writing on the sand instead of books.
4. Many years of teachers riding boda-bodas to supplement their incomes instead of supervising their children in the class.

class room

The parents see no logical reason in support of a system that has failed to improve educational standards in the last 30 years and they question what they can miraculously achieve in 5 years.
We all witnessed with our own eyes the procurement of 80 new teargas armored vehicles, coupled with daily runaway expenditure of 8 million shillings a day in allowances just to curtail the freedom of Dr. Kizza Besigye. They also observe the regime continuing with impunity by acting business as usual, instead of the pay raise for the teachers and increment of the capitation grant for pupils they are procuring more equipment’s to suppress citizens.
Therefore, I urge Ugandans not to despair, because together we are going to dismantle the system peacefully at the rate that will marvel the oppressors.

 

Written By Moses  Atocon

Deputy PRO UG-DP10