WHY ANDREW MWENDA SHOULD GIVE BESIGYE AND HIS SUPPORTERS A BREAK.

His now addicted that he can’t spend a day without attacking Besigye’s personality and tactics and FDC’s supporters at large. To many, he changed his colours from advocating for good governance to romancing dictatorship while to a few(me inclusively) he achieved his target of attracting State attention to fulfill his own objectives in stead of national objectives.

Today after my church service, i decided to write a few facts about Andrew Mwenda’s continuous attack on Besigye and his supporters.
Earlier this week, Andrew Mwenda wrote an article in his Independent magizine branding Besigye as a poor Politician and strategist citing that Besigye is wrong to concentrate on presidency but in stead concentrate on lower elective positions. He went ahead to quote interesting figures on how FDC’s MPs have been reducing in percentages since 2006 and this awakened me to remind Mwenda on some facts.

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“Andrew Mwenda CEO- The Independent Magazine”
One, in 1980, Museveni engaged into an election that he terribly lost. Besides his Political party (UPM) only had no seat in Parliament citing that his party was grossly weak. Citing irregular electoral practices, M7 & 27 collegeas decided to rage a Gorrila war to liberate Ugandans. War was the best alternative to them since government institutions that would have resolved their matter were serving the dictator.
Five years later, M7’s NRA were successfully and defeated Tito Okello’s government.
So my question is, if UPC was popularly elected by the masses, why was M7 welcomed by the masses during the liberation war?
And my simple answer is because the “votes didn’t reflect the will of the people” and this is exactly the same situation in Uganda right now!
Dr.Kizza Besigye has lost 4 times in his bid for presidency, but the question should be under what circumstances?, Besigye never competes against M7 but competes against the State.
Precisely as Rtd Bishop Zack quotes “M7 neither wins or loses an election because he never competes”
Therefore Mwenda should not rely on cooked figures by the EC to determine the support of Besigye. If he has less support, why can’t the state give him his rights of movement, expression just like it does to Hon Mbabazi.
The same circumstances Obote won the 1980 elections are the same circumstances Museveni ia using to win elections.

Secondly, Mwenda accuses FDC’s supporters of verbal terrorism on social media and bases himself on this to say that FDCs radicial would become worse than NRM once in power.
But i would also wish to remind Mwenda that M7 was more radicial and thats why he convinced collegeas to wage war on the government the left over 500,000 people dead.
Mwenda’s only fear on social media(esp twitter) is that its full of elites who are always ready with facts to calm him down with his aurguements.
Besides why accuse FDC’s supporters of being radicial when 80% of the youth are unemployed, when there is excessive corruption( #shs6bCashBonaza), when there is excessive nepotism and potranage, when there is abuse of the law especially in harassing the opposition, when there is insecurity in the country (Rwenzori and in moslems), when there are tax exemptions to MPs, land grabbing, priotising Foreign investors, raising costs of living, poor service delivery, 19 mothers dying everyday due to poor health care, increasing income inequality, hunger and starvation, family rule etc…. Why wouldn’t any loving Ugandan seek radicial change??. These are the same issues that took Museveni to the bush!
In fact am sure he was following the USA’s elections and he perfectly knows how radicial voters were for their respective candidates. Did that take away the democracy in USA??, Democracy should be based on what someone says but what he does. Thus getting verbal attacks on social media should be welcomed as a sign of democracy and NRM should work hard to shutdown these attacks with facts and achievements.

Lastly accusing Besigye about weakening FDC’s structures for personal growth is wrong. FDC needs Besigye and Besigye needs FDC. If you reflect on the popular personal decisions that Besigye has edorsed such a walk to work, they have played a big role in stregthening FDC’s brand.
However unlike in NRM, whatever Besigye does as a member of the party does not contradict with FDC as a party. I will give u an example that when Amama Mbabazi decided to contest against M7 in NRM, he was expelled from the party and that shows that there is no democracy.
Recently Besigye announces the People’s government with the knowledge of FDC and the spokesperson comfirmed that Besigye had done it in his own capacity as a member of the party. This shows a lot of tolerance within the party which shows that each member can contribute in his capacity.
When Muhammed Ssengirinya boycotted digital migration, it was not approved by the party but it was appreciated since it was in the interest of Ugandans.
Therefore Mwenda should not demonise Besigye’s activities as impeding FDC’s growth..

Ladies and Gentlemen, allow me to stop here but i continue to appluad your efforts of resisting bad governance even on social media. The government is more worried because we freely express ourselves and create more awarenesa to the population..

Enjoy your Sunday

FOR GOD AND MY COUNTRY!

WHY BESIGYE & FDC SHOULD ENDORSE WINNIE BYANYIMA’S 2021 PRESIDENTIAL BID

On Saturday 10th,Dec 2016, Eng Winnie Byanyima(57) hit the waves after she declared that was ready and had the passion to be president of Uganda if FDC endorsed her. This has since received mixed reactions from the political arena. Some welcoming her as the most qualified given both her political and humanitarian experience locally and internationally while others criticising the move as creating a family dynasty which Besigye has always accused Museveni of.
But as a Ugandan who has an equal opportunity just like anyone to contest as the president, this is why i think Winnie Byanyima is the best candidate to defeat his home-grown and NRA comrade dictator Museveni.

First and foremost, Byanyina’s clear record in her political career is key towards attracting many hopeless Ugandans who believe that the status quo cannot be easily challenged. She contested in 1994 in CA and served two consective terms as a Member of Parliament Mbarara District with a histrocal of Ngooma Jimie.
Although her spouse Dr.Kizza Besigye has lost four consective times in his presidential bid against former NRA comrade Mr.Museveni in a very unfair environment characterised by use of State Machinery and baised Electrol Commission, a section of his supporters and the would-be supporters are getting to believe that Besigye cannot defeat Mr.Museveni. Thus the coming up of a strong and already established Politician like Winnie Byanyima with her previous 100% winning record(politics) is very vital in renewing the hope of many opposition sympathisers.

Secondly, Besigye’s strong support and the euthanasiam of his supporters who have been growing in each presidential election overtime also provides a strong backbone for Byanyima’s presidential bid. It should be noted that Besigye’s support grew by 58% from 2011 to 2016 while that of Museveni only grew by 3% in the same period.
Besigye has been a symbol for impunity and abuse of law by the State to the population and many he is seen as the sacrifice of the struggle given the number of times he has been arrested and tortured both physically and psychologically.
Thus it would easier for Besigye to appeal to the same population to vote Byanyima with his supporters having it in mind that by voting Byanyina she will be the face president while Besigye being on the throne with the instruments of power.
Besigye’s support overwhelmimgly increased during and after elections with a section of the people voluntarily contributing towards the cause to liberate the country through giving him money, gifts among others. And its of no doubt that Dr.Kizza Besigye is the most popular opposition figure in the country per now because he has stuck to the principles of the struggle given the likes of Prof G.Bukenya, Betty Kamya, Jimmy Akena and the silent Amama Mbabazi.

Thirdly becoming the first female presidential candidate with “capacity and capability” to run, Byanyima is likely to breakdown Museveni’s strong base support of women. Over the years Museveni has remained a darling of women given his fight against domestic violence especially among the rural-based. However these women have stagnated in poverty, poor access to health given that 19 women die everyday while giving birth, poor access to quality education ie UPE, failure to fulfill his presidential pledges such as provising lunch to school children, giving free sanitary pads, easing access to credit etc.
Besides Besigye has remained unpopular among women because the fear his personality and physical appearance. To them Besigye looks merciless, revengeful and a blockage to peace and reconciliation., thus Winnie Byanyima would easily capitalise on such a situation to boast her support among women who have remained vulnerable in the country overtime. To them, she will be the new hope!.

Byanyima is also likely to attract more donor support given her international experience and connections with the most recent being her position as the ED at Oxfam International. It is of no doubt that FDC was financially constrained during the last elections given the fact that it didnt field candidates in for some positions and failed to support thr existing ones financially. Besides it also failed to field polling agents on various polling stations which the NRM capitalised on to rig the elections.
The riise of Byanyima would also be viewed as a sign of growing democracy in Uganda and this would easily convince democratic countries such as USA to increase their support. This would also manifest Gender Equality which is globally recongnised under the Sustainable Development Goals.

Lastly but not least, her experience are too outstanding to be admired by most Ugandans. She attained a Bachelors of Science in Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Manchester becoming the first female Ugandan ti attain such a qualification. She later attained a Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Cranfield Univerty before attaining a PHD from University of Manchester a few months ago.
Between 1989 to 1984, she served as an ambassadar before serving two consective terms as a member of parliament in Mbarara. She was later appointed as a Director of the Directorate of Women, Gender and Development at the African Union Headquarters in Ethiopia.
She served in that capacity untill she was appointed Director of the Gender Team incthe Bureau for Development Policy at UNPD in Nov 2006.
In jan, 2013, she was appointed as the next Exective Director of Oxfam International replacing Jeremy Hobbs, a position that has a 5-year term.
All these positions she acquired were based on merit and i believe Ugandans would benefit a lot if she used such experience in State House. Its of no doubt that there could be very few or no woman in Uganda more qualified than Winnie Byanyima.

Handling Criticism against her Presidential bid.
Many NRM sympathisers will argue that Besigye is turning FDC into a family affair a fact that he has accused mr.Museveni on doing. Unlike NRM selects its top leaders(Sole candidature, appointment of secretariant and ring-fencing key positions), in FDC the process is free and fair for anyone to contest.
In NRM, its a crime to think of having presidential ambitions thus u are eliminated and demonised to be against the principles of the party just like it happened to Amama Mbabazi, Bidandi Ssali, Bukenya, even Besigye. Whereas in FDC each party member that has the requirements is free to contest under a free and fair elections and this has been manifested overtime which even led to the birth of the first presidential debate.
Thus Winnie Byanyina would easily defend any criticism against her presidency since its through the clear and democratic process that she qualifies. It should be remembered that even under democracy, family members cannot inherit top positions as long as clear democratic processes are used e.g in Kenya under U.Kenya, USA under Bush, Clinton and reports suggest that Michelle Obama is warming up for the next USA elections.

With 74% of the population indicating that Museveni should retire after 2021, 68% of the population seeking restoration of Term Limits according to today’s released Governance report in addition to the 68% of NRM legistors that are ready to shun lifting of presidential age limit, Museveni should ratuonally accept that his services are wont be needed beyond 2021 and start getting a successor which wilp be his hardest task ever.
Besides his growing recent unpopularity such closure of Makerere University, a #BailoutEconomy that saw Crane bank being taken over by BOU before capitalising it with shs 200b, imcreasing hunger allover the country, modernising agriculture through bicycle irrigation, his goal-free projects like the Youth Livelihood Fund, OWC, increasing corruption, his recent attacks on Kasese, arrests of the King, his comments about donor countries, intensions to withdraw from ICC among others should only let him think about his exit strategy.

In conclusion therefore, Besigye and FDC should take this golden chance and let Byanyima give it a try in order to bring a new face in politics with the same struggle.
There will ne nothing sweeter for Opposition to have dictatorship swept away by a lady who grew up with dictator M7 under one roof. Besigye’s role in the struggle towards uprooting dictatorship much recongnised and appreciated if finally swept off by another person not him…

THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES

FOR GOD AND MY COUNTRY.

WHY UNRA IS A LIABILITY RATHER THAN AN ASSET IN UGANDA.

In Oct 2008, the Uganda National Roads Authority was commisioned to work as an autonomous body under the supervision of the ministry of Roads & Transport in order to be more effective in service delivery.
Over time UNRA has received more money than other government authorities like NFA, NWA, NEMA etc.
However its activities has often been confined with exorbitant corruption overtime with the Commission of inquiry led by Justice Catherine Bamugemerire indicating that ugshs 6 trillions were embezzled in a period of 5 years.

However, as Ugandans we need to ask ourselves the following questions!

UNRA employs over 1000 employees with its capacity being 1500. Assuming on average, each employee earns ugs 2,000,000, the monthly wage bill will be ugs 2b assuming no allowances incured.
What disturbs me most is that UNRA recruits some of the best engineers but its shocking to see that UNRA has not constructed a road using its employees. Most of the work is done but contractors and this leaves me with one question, “What is the role of the engineers you recruit”?
Last month i was shocked that UNRA hired a consultancy firm which cost them billions of shillings to evaluate some roads yet UNRA has experienced Monitoring & Evaluation Officers. So if there role is to supervise contractors, then couldn’t the ministry of transport supervise and evaluate its projects??

Secondly, is there any impact assessment report that indicates that better roads have been constructed since 2008 as compared to the roads that were constructed before under the ministry of Transport & Roads??, And if there is no significant impact, then what has UNRA been doing??

Then of course with these corruption scandles hitting UNRA every noe and then, how can Ugandans trust such a body?!. First there has been excessive corruption in awarding contracts, inflating the costs of constructing roads, recruitment of workers, paying compensation to those affected by constructions. You can see this by just looking at how wealthy UNRA officials become in just a less time…

I would therefore recommend that UNRA should be disbanded and intergrated back to the Ministry of Transport because it seems to carry out the supervisory work which was earlier done by the ministry of Transport. If UNRA engineers cannot construct roads, then we should disband it immediately..

FOR GOD AND MY COUNTRY..

Why the “OWC” is a busy waste of tax payers’ money

Overtime, i have keenly followed the events,circumstances & processes under which OWC has operated. For a country(LDC) to attain a middle income status, agricultural is a key sector that must be priotised. However OWC has been a very poor intervetion in the process of modernising agriculture and consequently reducing the size of the subsistence sector which has stagnated at 68% for the last 20 years.

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Blessed with vast land, abundant and cheap labor and a relatively stable climate, Uganda has failed to capitalise on its comparative advantage through OWC. OWC has become a fail because of centring its role in distribution of seedlings rather than addressing the structural problems that are limiting agricultural modernisation.

First and foremost, Uganda’s agricultural sector has been hindered by a limited market for products and the ever fluctuating prices. The producers at the farm always suffer from low prices because the middllemen capitalise of farmers’ ingorance and limited access to market to underpay for their produce. Thus too many small scale farmees have seen this as unprofitable thus majority have opted to sell their land to start retail businesses and boda bodas.
Secondly, there has been wideapread lack of extensional services. Each district has an agricultural officer but these officers do not visit local farmers to teach them how to improve on the quality of their products.
Limited research coupled with poor technology is another factor hindering the agricultural sector. During thr presidential campaigns, the incumnbet distributed hoes to farmers and this manifested his lack of desire to transform agriculture. People with vast land have failed to utilise such land because of the high costs incured using labour intensive technology in the long run. Reasearch is also limited and thats why our products are prone to drought, increased spread of pests and diseases among others..

Thus the OWC has kept a blind eye on the crucial aspects that it ought to address and has only looked at OWC in a political view through distributing the seedlings. Agricultural modernisation does not stop on distributing seedling but its a process till the products are consumed in the money market. Actually to transform agriculture, giving out free seedlings should be the least priority for any sensible government. Is it because people are too poor to buy themselves seedlings or the government has a pool of money to waste?.

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It should be noted that free things do not motivate since they cannot create a sense of ownership and thats why we have seen many farmers consuming the seedlings.
The quality of the seedlings also remain highly questionable because of lack of open bidding for suppliers and the processes under which suppliers get tenders. This was demonstrated recently as Ntungamo residents burnt down the seedlings citing that they were already hit by diseases.

Policy intervetions.
Therefore what did the government miss or ought to have done.?
1. Expand the market for agricultural products through establishment of agro-based industries. By doing this, it would add value in the products which would riise the prices of the products. An increase in the prices would motivate farmers to expand their production levels which would boast agriculture.

2-. Instead of distributing seedlings, the gov’t would increase access of quality seeds to farmers. With the president claiming to have been fighting poverty for the last 30 years, he would be scoring an own goal if he said that the masses cannot afford atleast 50,000 shs seasonally to plant. Once farmers buy their own seedlings, it increases a sense of ownership and would work hard to get something out of their sweat.
3-. Eliminate UPDF and instead employ professionals who will not only distribute the seedlings but also monitor, research about emerging diseases, offer sensitazation to farmers among others. The only role UPDF has dine is to distribute seedlings.
Just like Benin Biraaro said “Allowing UPDF to fo farmers’ job is like allowing farmers to do UPDF’s job”. UPDF lacks the expertise needed in addressing the growing challenges faced by farmers during production.
4. Invest more money in research and increase access to affordable capital technology such as machines. This reduces the costs of labor incured by the would-be large scalew farmers and also increases on the quality and quantity of output. Also research would enable farmers access drought resistant crops, offer quick soluntions to the ever emerging diseases etc..
5- Continuous training of farmers and increasing their access to affordable credit with government acting as security. Training of farmers requires the gov’t to employ more trained agricultural officers to extend extensional services to farmers. Once the gov’t increases access to credit, farmers would be able to apply better methods of farming such as use of pesticides and fertilizers and buting quality inputs.

Lastly in a bid for agricultural modernidation, i would like Uganda to emulate China’s dual track system where the gov’t would offer quality seedlings on credit and then after harvesting, the gov’t would find market for the farmers and buy the surplus. By empowering farmers, it bred into inclusive development and its one of the reasons China has grown at a higher rate.
Thus for Museveni to achieve his dream of a middle income status by 2020, he must review the objectives and processes under which the OWC operates.

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FOR GOD AND MY COUNTRY.

WHY THE EXPANSION OF THE MBARARA-KAMPALA ROAD WON’T BE A SOLUNTION?

Last week the members of Parliament came up with a proposal to expand the Mbarara-Kampala highway in order to curb down the high rates of accidents that have since this year claimed more than 50 lives and leaving over 200 casualities with serious injuries.
This proposal made me think that there are certain questions these policy makers do not ask themselves before coming to conclusions. For example what is the major cause of these accidents in Uganda??, is it quality of our roads, quality of our drivers or the policy environment??

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Earlier this year, i managed to get myself a driving permit through a certain driving school in Mbarara i wouldn’t like to mention. I was requested to pay Ushs 300,000 and then asked to return after two weeks to get a temporary driving permit. The school which only has a rented office in town can attach you to some informal trainers in town if you are willing to learn for around one week. However if you are not willing to learn, your permit comes out directly. I was among such a group because i received my permit without undergoing traffic testing. Such a scenario(drop in an ocean) manifesta that there is a decrease in the quality of our drivers attributed to the failures of these driving schools whose aim is making money and have limited supervision from traffic authorities.
Secondly between 2012-2016 while still at university, i travelled numerous times on this road and rarely would you hear such scenerios of accidents along this road. Some people argue that the road is slippery while others argue that it is narrow. However its narrowness and smoothness have both existed before without causing such accidents.
To me i believe that the major determinat of accidents is the discipline of its drivers and the policy environment in which they operate from. Therefore before rushing to waste money expanding the road, there are certain steps that policy makers must address.

One, the quality of our driving schools must be checked. Surprisingly you will find such driving schools owned by senior traffic officers who have connections in the system. Standards must be set such as having well-trained instructors, equipments such as learning cars, class attendances must also be emphasised because very few drivers can for example interprete all road signs &  trade licences must also not be issued out anyhowly.

Secondly, well set traffic policies must be set & implemented. This government has for long suffered from inconsistency in policy implementation, for example what happened to seat-belts, speed governors among others. The system has been killed by the rampant corruption and lack of monitoring and supervision.
Police only comes up with a short-run soluntions when accidents become rampant and then relax when the situation normalises. For example like two weeks ago, over 200 drivers were arrested along the Kampala-Mbarara highway and produced to court immediately and i believe this is the way to go if we are to build discpline among drivers.

The government must also ease the process of getting a driving permit in terms of monetary costs incured. In the last budget, the cost of acquiring a driving permit almost doubled and this is likely to discourage people from attending driving schools and acquiring driving permits.

The government must also increase on the fines such as those found driving recklessly such as driving while drunk, phone usage while driving, over loading and speeding. Once this is done, the culprits will learn the hard way and in the long-run discipline will be rebuilt.

The government should also discourage driving at night especially buses that carry passagers. This is because at night drivers are reckless since there is limited traffic supervision or else ensure that every bus is accompaigned by a traffic officer to monitor the driver within the bus.

Lastly the government must also recruit more traffic officers to increase on regular patrols. For example in my district, we have few traffic officers who are easily  monitored by drivers to violate traffic rules & regulations.
More equipments such as patrol cars must be purchased to ease on their work and they must also be well-motivated to prevent them from accepting bribes from drivers.

In conclusion therefore i would like to advise MPs that rushing for a monetary soluntion is just for the shortrun and is an indicator of how poor planners and implementors we are..

FOR GOD AND MY COUNTRY!!

FROM IGP TO A POLITICIAN. WHY KAYIHURA MUST RESIGN.

Earlier this month, Ugandans woke up to a dramatic scene where pro-Kayihura protestors tried to block a court proceeding in which IGP Gen Kale Kayihura was supposed to be tried following allegations of continued Police brutuality especially on Opposition leaders and supporters.
Lawyers that had sued Gen.Kayihura survived being lynched by an organised mob whom we all believe had been sponsered to create an impression that Kayihura was popularity and shouldn’t be tried in courts of law.
     Although Police claims that they had not received a summon, one wonders how this mob got to know about Kayihura’s trial before Kayihura himself knows, on pretex that he had not received any summons.
However to many Ugandans that have closely followed the political events in Uganda, such a scenario shouldn’t be surprising because overtime it has been demonstrated that in Uganda there are certain individuals that are greater than institutions.

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The underfire General himself, Kale Kayihura.

The beginning of the end of Kayihura…
Kayihura’s inconsistency and unpopularity started the day he started creating informal Political systemd parallel to the Police forces aimed at keeping Mr.Museveni in power. By doing this, he shifted his roles as IGP to a presidential advisor and his chief moboliser especially during elections.
In early 2015, i was among the congregation that hosted Gen.Kayihura at Muk where he had been invited by the National Crime Preventers Forum under the theme “Father of the Nation”. It was during this meeting that i personally heard Kayihura appluad the achievements of NRM and Mr.Museveni in particular and asked students to support M7 if they wanted Uganda to remain stable. This showed how partisan he was and how divergent his interests were.

The formation of Crime Preventors.
Towards the start of the 2016 elections, the National Crime Preventors Forum came into existance with parliamentary approval on its roles and supervision. I remember PM Rugunda apologising in Parliament that because such a forum was urgently needed to maintain peace,then they could not get time to discuss this protocol in parliament.
But the question is, who are the crime preventors??
    For easy mobolisation of the youth and the majority unemployed, Kayihura stated up this project under leadership of one law student at Muk. This group expanded to almost every corner of the country and unfortunately it comprises 95% illiterate people. Such people are always promised a better living under this Forum in exchange of being used.
The most unfortunate issue is that these illiterate and untrained Crime preventors have in most cases usurped the role of the well-trained Police officers.

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Someof the illiterate crime preventors/ Kifessi beating Besigye’s supporters with a metal and an electric wire.

These crime preventors are indoctrined with NRM ideologies and they are often used as spies on Police officers who sympathize with opposition. They directly communicate to Kale Kayihura and they influence one’s transfer or retrenchment.
This is an informal Political system that has negatively affected service delivery by the formal Police system.

This is why one would wonder how a mere law student without any Police experience can become an Executive Director of such a country-wide forum. This is why one would wonder why Police buys motorcycles for Crime Preventors instead of giving them to Police officers to ease their work. This is why one would wonder how NCPF claims to create employment opputrinities without giving salaries to thier workers.

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One of the crime preventors during court protests at Mankindye commonly know as Tabs

And after analysing such questions, then you will now understand why we have seen various protestors around the country protesting the trial of Kayihura in court. These are the jobs they are given.

Tolerating Indiscpline in Police.
Kayihura’s circle of friends in Police have continuously disrespected the rule of law but no action has been taken but rather he has shielded them. The most recent is the case of Kampala’s DPC Aaron Baguma a murder suspect whom thr Police under Kayihura refused to hand over to the courts of law but rather sent him for a Police training in Jinja. Its now almost a year since this case was raised to court but Aaron Baguma who is charged with 3 other suspects has not surfaced in court.
This case is a drop in an ocean because on several occassions we have seen Kayihura transfer his loyalist police officers who act contrary to the law but instead of punishing them. This is why analysts argue that police brutuality is on the rise because young officers see no action taken on thier senior commanders once they mistreat citizens especially opposition.

Building a Partisan Police Force.
One would wonder how Police really accepted protestors at Makindye high court under the Public Order Management Act but then beat innocent civilians who would stand by the roadside to wave at opposition leader Kizza Besigye.
The director of Police legal service comfortably argued that the ptotestors had a right to show thier disatisfaction through protesting. However once opposition in Uganda organises a demonstration, then it is termed as “Violence” and mainly intended to loot people’s businesses. I can well conclude with this quote “When the rich steal the poor, its called business and when the poor fight back, its called violence”.

Disrespect of the rule of law.
In a report released by the UNHRC, this year Police was a gross abuser of human rights with a lot of cases of torture, harassement, detention beyond 48 hours, intimidation etc. With such a report, it discredits the role of Kayihura as someone who has served this force for 10 years at the helm and this is attributed to the factor that we have a politician aimed at keeping Mr.Museveni in power than an IGP aimed at ensuring law and order.

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Tweep from Nicholas Opiyo-one of the private laywers sueing Kale Kayihura.

Lastly, i want to appluad the efforts of every Ugandan for continuously exposing the evils of this partisan Police and i believe very soon our efforts are good enough to yield results.
As Kizza Besigye said that the most key role in uprooting dictatorship is to create awareness among the masses..

FOR GOD AND MY COUNTRY..

WHY UGANDA IS SITTING ON A TIME BOMB WITH THIS POLICE KIFEESI.

Over the past two days after Dr. kizza Besigye was granted bail, some innocent Ugandans have directly been victimised while others have watched these terrible acts of the Uganda Police Kifeesi mercilessly beating people with heavy sticks. It should be noted that this is not the first time such incidents of Police using unknown criminal gangs to beat innocent people are happening. This group first came into a limelight in 2015 when it was seen harassing Kyambogo students who had protested over genuine reasons.
This same group was in April captured by media stations wearing masks and beating innocent civilians that had escorted Dr.Kizza Besigye after his 40-day house arrest was put to an end.

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Who is working with Kifeesi Police?,
Overtime, we have seen Police make contrary statements on whether they are working with Police or not. In mid-June 2016, the Daily Monitor released an article that showed who the real Kifeesi were, whom they work with and how they are operating.
Therefore its clear that the kifeesi Police members are known by Police but whats also clear is that no one in Police knows who commands it. This means that its commanded by IGP Gen.Kale Kayihura. While watching news today on NTV, Kayihura went ahead to applaud the actions of his Kifeesi Police claiming that such a method is saving people from Teargas.

When minister of security Hon Henry Tumukunde was taking over office, he vowed to fight the Kifeesi but it looks like he is far from reality since the operation of Kifeesi seems to be above his authority & command.

Police MUST stop taking Ugandans for granted.
Overtime government officials have vowed to make investigations but all this has been in vain. In april, a Police committee was set to investigate who the real Kifeesi was and who was commanding them but the question remains “How can you investigate yourself?”. This same question should be posed to our Prime Minister Dr.Rugunda who yesterday promised parliament to investigate the matter.

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Uganda Police is increasingly losing its reputation, first as the most corrupt government instuitution, second as a partisan body and thirdly as the gross abuser of human rights and freedom. It has continuously pushed Ugandans on the wall and soon or later the patience of Ugandans is likely to be put on a test.

We have a government that thinks it is very powerful and that it can use state machinery to stay in power. However this same government is to forgetful about the incidents that brought it to power in 1986 and the most recent Kayunga crisis where its alleged that the president almost ran into exile.
A similar situation is currently happening in Zimbabwe where massive protests against Robert Mugabe policies are being opposed. Mugabe just like Museveni thought he was too powerful to contain any situation as long as the police and army remain under his controll but as we talk a mere pastor is almost forcing him into exile.
We have seen very powerful and uncompromising leaders end so poorly just because of failing to respect human rights. Talk of Amin, Obote, Gadaffi(Most powerful African leaders). This should be a remain to Kayihira and Museveni that as long as you have blood and freash, then you are not immortal.

Who is to blame #KifeesiVsBesigye.
Minister Frank Tumwebaze argued that Besigye should be blamed for gathering masses and tired to defend the activities of kifeesi. But the question is, what crime does Besigye commit by gathering crowds and if a crime is committed, who should intervine to calm down the situation. For example after Besigye was granted bail, hundreds of innocent people who stood by the roadside to wave at him were beaten by Police and Army.
So one would wonder, is waving a crime in Uganda???
Secondly if the DPC of Kampala who is a murder suspect is still in active operation, Chris Aine whose head was once put a shs 20 million bounty is serving in Operation Wealth Creation, then why should one think that Besigye who has been unfairly arrested without being convicted be a criminal gang organising protests.

This is a clear indication that after Mr.Museveni realised that he had lost the people’s mandate in feb 2016, he now wants to resort to politics of suppression, harassment, police brutality and arrests without trial but little does he know that all these are bleeding more forces of nationalism and liberalism that may soon ariise and become uncontrollable.

Likely effects of Kifeesi Police.
As we news yesterday even NRM sympathisers looked griefed as Kifeesi was beating people. This is an indicator of increasing discontent and anger among people as they watched people’s rights being violated.
The message against Police brutuality is going to strenthen and very soon it will seem diffucult to defend the image of Police.

Also, it is likely to be easier to mobolise the opposition youth in a pretix of creating defence mechanisms against Kifeesi. This could lead to the revival of P10 which had made the government panic during the feb elections. And once there is a genuine cause to mobolise Ugandans against Police Kifeesi, then we could end up in a total shutdown.
Already we have all noticed huge differences within Police and army and this shows that Uganda is sitting on a time bomb.

Message to Kayihura & Museveni.
You may continue to talk about your historical achievements such as creating peace, increasing tax revenue, extending electricity etc but as long as you don’t respect people’s liberties and rights, then soon you are likely to have an ugly exit.
Instead of beating people following Besigye, you should find a mechanism to address the issues he is rising or else you will be worsening the problem.
And lastly i remind Mr.Museveni that he was able to defeat Obote because people always welcomed him as a liberator and now that he is becoming the oppressor, the same people will welcome another liberator. Museveni did not win a war because you had better military tactics than Napolean but because people were behind him for genuine reasons. Now the the genuine reasons have disappeared, the people behind you are seeking monetary benefits from you.

FOR GOD AND MY COUNTRY.

THE ECONOMIC IMPLICATIONS BRITIAN IS LIKELY TO FACE AFTER EXISTING EU.

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During the Napoleanic era in the early 1800’s, Napolean used an economic tool called the “Continental System” which was meant to cut off trade with Britian thus weakening her economy. With the continental system of 1806, it became clear that Europe would be at a standstill without Free trade with Britian and this consquently led to the Pennisular war and Moscow campaign due to  defying of the continental system in Spain & Russia respectively.

Today Britian voted to leave the European Union and i can relate the consequences of this action to the Continental system. Both actions aim/aimed at restricting Free trade or what economists term as “Protectionism Policies”.
However the pulling out of Britian from the EU should not come as a surprise because Britian has always pursued an “Isolationist Policy” right from the time of tge 1789 French revoluntion. After the defeat of Napolean, a congress system was set up to protect the resoluntions of the Vienna Settlement with countries like Russia, Austria, Prussia Britian and later France in 1818. However Britian isolated the interests of other countries in the Congress System as George Canning the then British PM quoted “Every man for himself and God for us all”. This meant that the Congress system was bond to fail and it became a reality in 1825.

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Throughout the revoluntionary era between 1830-1875, Britian remained silent on forces of liberalism and nationalism because of its non-interventionist policy. Therefore what we just witnessed today was not a surprise but this is a culture Britian has always believed as George Canning quoted. The bigger question that remains is, “Did Britian pull out because of selfish interests or because it fears to conflict the interests of other powers.

ECONOMIC IMPACT IN BRITIAN, EUROPE & THE REST OF THE WORLD.
Today for the first time since 1985, the pound has weakened and what economic impact will this bear.

One, this means it will cheaper for other currencies to buy a pound, a fact that will make British goods cheaper. And on the other side, goods purchased out of Britian will be more expensive in the British market. In simple economics, we call this “Beggar My Neighbour” policy where Britian tends to benefit from other economies while harming them.
This means that foreign investors will be discouraged from investing in Britian because by protecting the British market, it means that there will be a reduction in market among EU members. For example take a look at investors in the English football(Premier Leagea), it means they will cheaply see thier players to other countries however they will buy non-British players expensively.
This also will affect investors who import raw-materials from the other EU members at high prices because of a weak pound and similarly they would sell thier products to other countries at a high price.

Secondly, this is a sign that Britian is sacred of competition that is meant by engaging in international trade. Britian believes that its not gaining from EU but this is partly due to competition from other members like Germany.
To shy away from competition means that Britian lacks the capacity to utilise its domestic resources and put them into good use. For example it discredits the education system in Britian because the majority that voted to leave complained that they have lost local jobs to foreigners. This literally means that foreigners are more qualified than the natives. More to that due to lack of competition, there is a likelihood of a rise of Monopoly powers among the British domestic firms and this will consquently lead to a riise of domestic prices and production of poor quality goods.

Thirdly, this will automatically increase government expenditure in an attempt to stablise the exchange rate. For instance the governor of Bank of England said that the bank has €250billions to cope up with the situation. This money will also be used to subsidise domestic firms. Therefore with an increase in the governments expenditure, we must carefully look at the sources of revenue which i believe will be narrow given the fact that most investors will be discouraged from investing in Britian.

Lastly, it is likely to cause retaliation among the EU members. Harsh measurea may be taken in an attempt to protect thier economies from Britian.
This is likely to cause surplus output due to limited market both in Britian and among EU members and as a result, prices of commodities are likely to decline which discourages further investment. In this case, serious investors will opt to invest outside Europe. This is likely to cause economic stagnation.

In conculsion therefore, Britian’s action of isolating itself from the European Union is likely to do more harm than good not only in Britian but also in Europe as a continet and the world at large.
Britian would have found measures to cope up with the competition with EU members than quiting because by quiting it has made it clear that it lacks soluntions to cope up with the increasing pressure in world trade.

WHY NRM IS USING A WRONG STRATEGY OF INCREASING THE SIZE OF THE CABINET

Most Ugandans had not healed from a terrible blow as our newly MPs demanded for tax exemptions. As debates over thier tax exemptions escalated around town, it did not spare MPs who had met the NRM chairman at Statehouse to demand for shs 5 millions which would enable them fund thier swearing in ceremories.

To cut the story short, earlier last week, MPs again as usual danced to the tunes of thier master and passed a law that would allow the President create more ministries and appoint any number of cabinet ministers without limit as long as its deemed neccessary.
According to close sources, only 2 MPs voted against the extension of ministries implying that over 98% l voted in favour of creation of new ministries. MPs argue that a big cabinet would help the president to deliver services to his people especially in terms of supervision, implementation and monitoring.

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However the expansion of the cabinet directly exposes the weaknesses of institutions that are meant to deliver services to the people. The main challenge that this government has faced is building independent institutions that are fully functional. The government has always felt insecure because independent institutions can serve as checks and balances, a fact that can expose the weaknesses of the regime. Take an example, why would KCCA need two ministers and what would be there role in service delivery.?
Other mysterious ministries include the ministries of regional areas such as Minister for Luweero, Teso, Bunyoro & Karamonja.
Not only do such regional ministries create division and suspicion as some areas are felt out such as Busoga, Ankole, Kigezi among others but also thier impact on regional development remains doubtful.

This brings up a question in whether regions with ministries are better off than regions without such ministries. For example, has the ministry of karamonja moreover under the first lady improved the livelihood of the locals overtime?
While NTV was airing out the stories of the IK, we could atleast assert that people on ground have not benefited from such a ministry. People in Karamonja have remained in absolute inter-generational poverty, poor education system, lack of health care, poor roads, inadquate power supply, hunger & starvation. And all this leaves us to wonder to wonder the impact of the ministry of Karamonja.
Secondly take a look a Luweero “The Political Mecca of NRA’s Gorrila war”. Poor schools without teachers, hospitals without drugs still exist in Luweero. People who lost thier property during the NRA’s gorrila war have not been compensated and this perhaps why NRN always finds it had to win in Luweero.

To sum this up, for an effective and efficient government to deliver, it does not need to create infinite ministries and this is why

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1.An increase in ministries increases the recurrent expenditure and reduces the amount avaliable for Capital investments. Already a government with a functional district headquarters is in position to design, implement and monitor development programmes and therefore creating ministries will only double unneccessary costs of administration. Indeed more funding should be directed to district local councils as to our decentralisation Policy.

2.Having fewer ministries makes it easier to monitor than having infinite ministries. One of the reasons of expanding ministries was to ease monitoring of development projects. This is a  wrong dimension because if you cannot afford to monitor few ministries, then how will you manage to monitor infinite ministries.

3.Also the creation of unneccessary ministries will lead to the emergence of selfish and conflicting interests as some legislators will try to persuade the president to create certain ministries under which they can personally benefit.
We noticed this with the creation of mob districts as people who had district political ambitions fostered the creation of new districts without considering the economic effects.
This could either trigger disagreements within parliament as some ministries are created and others neglected or this could lead to creation of infinite ministries and soon we could see the number of Ministers exceeding the number of MPs. Fir example we cud see Minister of Mbarara, Gulu, Arua since they are also cities like Kampala.

4.And finally the easy creation of ministries will increase political potranage as the president will use his powers to appoint various ministers to manipulate decision making in the parliament. The president will create certain ministries for his own agenda to please some legislators so as to continiuosly amend the constitution because his ministers are his immediate subordinates and soon we could see constitutional amendments such as the removal if age limits. For instance as we talk, he is assured that his 81 ministers would vote for the removal of Age limits.

In conclusion, Ugandans do not need infinite ministries but rather service delivery and its not correct that having infinite ministries will lead us to a middle income status by 2020. We can refer to Nigeria which is Africa’s biggest economy but with only 36 ministers.

FOR GOD AND MY COUNTRY