August 18, 2016 at 8:20 pm #27031
70% OF PRESIDENT MUSEVENI’S PROGRAMMES FOR THIS TERM ARE BOUND TO FLOP; ONLY TURNING TO DO THINGS IN A GOD GUIDED WAY WILL SAVE THE SITUATION.
God always gives man opportunity, however, more often than not, man gets to the tendency of assuming the role of God as he presides over the managing of people, man is corrupted into changing the national constitution, outright bribing of legislators and other people in responsible positions who can make his wishes to sail through.
The people of Uganda, many of them still alive have seen President Museveni change positions. What was most surprising was to see that in his 2001 Election manifesto he categorically stated that it was his last term. That went and it is now history as he was re – elected in 2006, 2011 and 2016 and it disturbs to see that some people with grey matter who have no shame are now agitating for the removal of the Presidential age limit. When a leader reaches such levels, though he can cover himself up that it is after all the brain less people that are under such a move, given his earthly powers, God resorts to use His powers as the creator of man and among the powers of God can be seen a number of things going wrong.
What can save the situation in the circumstances where Uganda’s outstanding public debt has hit US $7.6bn is for the President to endorse genuine talks with the opposition, the religious leaders and civil society representatives of what is the acceptable way forward for the country. Short of that, it will be most unfortunate as the country has graduated into ranks of Extremely Highly Indebted Poor Countries (EHIPC).
Evidence of President Museveni failures so far:
1. He had to pay the NRM Members of Parliament shs 5m so that they vote for Oulanyah and he went a step further to be present in Parliament to ensure that the man was voted.
2. The people of Uganda remember the effort to see Spe voted Chairperson of AU which was a big blow after the funds that were invested in the project. The Doctor who deceives herself as the best qualified actually Dr. Specioza Kazibwe got the least votes. She emerged 3rd among the three candidates.
3. The strike by the non – teaching staff at public universities turned the biggest challenge for the 1st Lady, and though she had talks with the affected people, she was instead told to talk with cash. It needed the intervention of the President to promise the striking staff pay in October, and though these have gone back, they have said that if Government fails to pay then, they will get back to the strike mood.
So, the people of Uganda should get down to prayer so that the Almighty God changes the heart of President Museveni. If that does not happen, cry the beloved Ugandans.
Images illustrate programmes where Museveni has actually failed, and this will translate to 70% of the Government programmes during this term if President Museveni does not soften his heart to realize that it is the Almighty God who has to be in control and not for him to gamble with this and that for his personal objectives.
Now we need to come out and make him to account for every single penny on his account, we should put an end to this illegal accumulation of wealth Tyrant Museveni has built up an empire of corruption that has ruined our country beyond repair, This engine of corruption and repression that he rides on has helped his stay in power for the last 26 years.
It has weakened every institution in Uganda, evidence of this is seen on a daily basis, that every issue in the country supposedly to be handled by the government officials, citizens is instead referred or petitioned to the president even trivial issues.
He has become the Supreme Court Judge, the prosecutor, the defense attorney, the juror and penalty executioner President Museveni has instilled a culture were Ugandans believe that no one can prosper without stealing.
President Museveni’s bad leadership is turning Uganda into failed state that needs to be redeemed either using peaceful protest or violence ,Uganda is one of the poorest countries in the world.
The vast majority of Ugandans are farmers on small plots of land which are used for subsistence agriculture or for the cultivation of cash crops such as coffee and tea. In Uganda 69 percent of the population lives on less than US$1 a day and the majority of this limited income (63 percent) is spent on food.
Most Ugandans have to work 2 or 3 jobs simply to survive, often even to secure a standard of living below the poverty threshold. Moreover, one or more of these jobs are often within the informal sector which draws taxation.
Museveni’s government spends only 1.9 percent of its GDP on health; the majority of Ugandan citizens struggle to acquire even the most basic health, there are only 4 doctors and 28 nurses per 100,000 people.
Nonetheless, the government Citizens die of simple diseases due to lack of basic medical attention and simple drugs such as aspirin, patients are required to buy their own gloves.Yet Dictator Museveni’s family and his henchmen when they have a medical issue such as delivering a baby, they fly to Germany or Spain now it has become a common practice in government clinic to prescribe drugs for patients requesting them to buy them elsewhere.
All they can get from these facilities is just a mere confirmation that they’re indeed sick. The rest is there business, Medicine is a luxury, this situation has been exploited by some private individuals who have set up private clinics around government hospitals were the poor Ugandans can resort to.
The situation in our public hospitals is so dire that those with a little more money have shunned them and opted for private health facilities while the poor are left at the mercy of poorly paid and facilitated medical workers, and hospitals with no medicines.
Our hospitals are a shadow of what they used to be 26 years ago, for the ordinary Ugandan it is a sentence to death With such an appalling health situation President Museveni has decided to sentence some Ugandans to a slow death by only allocating 9.8% of the budget (2011/2012) to health, which is far below the 2001 Abuja Declaration’s recommendation of 15%,While allocating defense 36.5 % of the 2011 budget with the aim of clinging on power.
Now in Uganda the number of police CSF armored tear gas trucks is greater than ambulances, every district has a CSF armored tear gas truck packed with fuel but without an ambulances ,those districts that are lucky to have an ambulance do not have fuel, yet police trucks have full tank .
It’s this injustice and deprivation that ‘s making Ugandans to get tired of President Museveni , He ‘s wasting tax payers money on his escalating patronage system, huge military establishments and propaganda
The IGG office should also take action against President Museveni by penalizing him , confiscating his property, removing him from office as he under declared his wealth
In 2002, Museveni declared his wealth as required by the Leadership Code. At the time he stated that his annual income then was sh48.2m.
He declared that his property included his land at Katonga, Ssembabule district valued at Shs240m, land at Katwe Kambwa in Maddu, Mpigi district valued at Shs59m, residential houses at Rwakitura valued at Shs600m and land at Nyabushozi valued at Shs70m. The President is also quoted to have said he did not have property outside Uganda.
Rating Museveni at that time, according to his declaration, one would take him to be merely Shs969m rich, which is equivalent to $387,600 at the current exchange rate.
However, the new rating of Museveni’s riches at $1.7bn is over 4000 times more than what he declared to the office of the government ombudsmanAugust 18, 2016 at 8:51 pm #27038
Mbarara Journalists Warned fellow Reporter Over Loose Talk On Mb’ra Information Officer
The Western Journalists under umbrella of WUPA have been angered over a fellow journalist identified as Ronald Agaba who reports for one of the Tabloid we have in Uganda, he signed into the group Watsapp Platform and disclose the Mbarara District Information officer Fred Anyine’s health conditions
Ronald Agaba’s social media rant
” Its true Anyine is sick and its true he lost one of his balls
Now wat is disturbing u
Let’s pray for him to recover
But don’t confuse us.”
Right now Anyine Fred is at surgical ward MRH
But according to Jounalists who have gone to check on him including Tumwakire Michael of TV West said
“Comrade Anyine Fred is improving , thanks for Ur prayers.”
Then Annitah Ritah added ” I have talked to Anyine this mrng, guys pray for him. He has alot of pain, but he will be fyn in Jesus name.”
Journalists have also said “So if he managed to write such, what does he go talking in public about him.?”
He should actually apologise to every member because his statements broke People’s hearts and it should be in writing to members through administrator then Admin he post it on platform and they discuss it and decide on his re-entry.
All these were said after blocking him from accessing the group where all the journalists from Western Region mostly who comes from Mbarara share tips
May the healing hand of Jesus reach you Anyine, quick recoveryAugust 18, 2016 at 8:54 pm #27039
By October, each of the 427 MPs will pocket Shs150M to buy cars to travel to their constituencies, a venture that will cost the taxpayers a minimum of Shs64b
Is it worth it? Yes we have all along been advised by the Top Government Leaders that we should become patriots, for sure if your the one sleeping hungry, failing to pay rent fee charges, water and electricity bill fees, Bank loans are yet to force to poison yourself,etc will you still keep on loving your leaders as you used to do?August 18, 2016 at 8:59 pm #27040
Genius comes with a price. God gives with one hand but takes with the other. It’s a way of keeping us humans controlled because we have power we cannot imagine. It is for this reason that the creator keeps us on a leash because if let loose, we are dangerous to even our own selves.
Without control, Jamwa is dangerous to himself. A genius with numbers and strategy, Jamwa can be credited so far as the one NSSF MD that brought back order to the pension fund.
The MD today at NSSF is brilliant too. Richard Byarugaba is doing amazing work- Increasing returns, improving investment, improving compliance and collection and growing the fund even further.
Some donkeys try to mess with him but he holds his ground.
He invested in Umeme, they came for him. He went to the Kenyan stock exchange, they came for him. Yet the same donkeys come to him when they want extra cash to do other things, and he sends them away. Sad!
For example, I have details about one Col Mugyeni who tried to force Richard Byarugaba to give his company construction contracts. Richard refused. Mugyeni is feared by the likes of Al Hajji Nasser Ntege Ssebagala who took his money and never delivered Owino Market and other properties. That is another story.
Now Jamwa was convicted by the court of public opinion over Temangalo. But the undercurrents were what he desperately had to worry about. He was called names and could not freely move in public.
It is better, however, not to be able to move in public for social reasons as opposed to security concerns.
Andrew Mwenda exclusively worked in his story. My job was to verify information and transcribe interviews. Unaware to Mwenda, Jamwa was a friend. I studied in Manjasi high school in Tororo where Jamwa comes from. I met him by accident while drinking on my last term holiday in 1999 at Rock Hotel. Fate brought us together again in this problem of his!
The mathematician he is, Jamwa was reckless but someone was helping him. We tried to find out but could not. Maybe it was the prayers of his mother. I forget her name. For the longest time, David Chandi’s family supported the NRM course and ideology in Tororo and beyond. Fighting the likes of one rat eater- MP Godfrey Ekanya!
The person helping Jamwa got him a bodyguard. Like me, Jamwa loves guns. A few times we went shooting in Kajansi. But I think for him his passion went far far beyond. Apart from the full dragon tattoo all over his back, Jamwa acquired a gold plated pistol, a priced item from Vegas.
Those who worked at the independent publication remember David. Andrew Mwenda believed in his innocence. Together, we worked to bring out his side of the story. It was not easy. Back then Andrew did not believe without seeing. Jamwa had to prove every detail he told him. I had to transcribe every word in every interview. I was never to share the details with anyone. Not even my boss Bwana Bichachi.
I was at times not available for assignments because my assignment was Chandi Jamwa and his interviews. We would cross check very allegation. I slept very little those days.
Chandi had a bodyguard. Everybody at the Independent really liked the guy. But we never knew his name. Very gentle friendly fellow with an AK47 always next to him. We never knew where he came from. He was in charge of everything except Chandi’s breath and his driving.
Chandi, at the time, had a Toyota Tundra and a Benz. Terrible driver Chandi was, just like Mwenda, knocking everything around. That bodyguard was always by his side.
The first time Jamwa appeared in Parliament, he was sweating, scared. It was a Thursday, as I recall.
Abdu Katuntu was the head of the committee on statutory bodies and state enterprises. He was a new MP. Loved, a firebrand.
But we had heard stories which to date we have never verified. For starters, it was alleged that Jamwa’s wife worked at DFCU Bank. Second, while he was partner at PWC, Jamwa was in charge of the DFCU account- conflict of interest. He never told PWC that his wife was an employee there. And, strangely, a one Katuntu had a huge loan at DFCU bank. Now Jamwa had been kicked out of PWC and this is years later, but the examiner, Hon Katuntu, still had a loan at the bank where Jamwa’s wife still worked.
Katuntu was bloody. Jamwa was questioned in ways the genius in him could not respond to. At one point, he begged the media leave the room because he wanted to say something “sensitive”. I was in that room in parliament. We walked out and kept around the corridors. At one point he was “even allowed” to go out to smoke. What had he told the MPs that gave Jamwa such privileges?
I had left my digital sound recorder in that room. It was recording!August 18, 2016 at 9:05 pm #27041
IT IS NOW 18TH AUGUST 2016, KILLER COP AARON BAGUMA HAS BEEN SUMMONED BY DPP TO APPEAR AT BUGANDA ROAD COUR LATER TODAY,AND BE CHARGED WITH MURDER.WE WAIT!!! REMEMBER THE MAGISTRATE COURT HAS NO POWERS TO GRANT HIM BAIL, SO WE EXPECT HIM TO BE REMANDED,,,,,,August 18, 2016 at 9:08 pm #27042
Kenya is set to complete the construction of Standard Gauge Railway by 2017.
Surprisingly this was signed by all East African countries,I wonder how far has Uganda progressed on this project!!
SGR will improve the efficiency of movement of freight and services thereby lowering costs of doing business in the region
So far 40,000 Kenyans have been employed on this project.August 18, 2016 at 9:13 pm #27043
HELP GET SUSPECTS OFF THE STREETS:-BOUNTY OF UGX 40M AWAITS
Every able bodied citizen MUST help effect the arrest of suspects, Kaihura & Baguma ,if they continue to disobey court summons and don’t go to court.
The suspects are “armed & dangerous” so vigilantes are advised to approach with caution.
But the back stops with every responsible citizen to deliver Kaihura & Baguma to court.
If the criminal police cannot arrest them then the citizens should deliver Suspects to court.
If any of the suspect resists arrests and tries to reach for his fire arm, disable suspect in the legs and effect arrest. The suspect must go to court without fail.
Rtd.Gen.Maverick places @20M/- bounty on Kaihura and BagumaAugust 18, 2016 at 9:16 pm #27044
Who will ‘police the police’ is the question on many people’s lips as several people bay for the blood of a senior police officer accused of complicity in murder?
Opposition Forum for Democratic Change leader Dr Warren Kizza Besigye seems to have an answer; the four-time presidential challenger has called upon Ugandans to stand up for their rights and arrest Superintendent of Police (SP) Aaron Baguma, who is wanted by court in connection with the murder of city businesswoman Donah Katushabe.
And Dr Besigye’s clarion call to Ugandans comes in the wake of police failing to produce SP Baguma, a former District Police Commander (DPC) at the Central Police Station in Kampala, who has since become rarified specie, holed up at a police training college on the outskirts of Kampala city, a place where he was loathed and respected in equal measure.
“Since the police has neglected the directives of another arm of government (judiciary), the citizens of Uganda can now take up the matter and arrest Baguma; in any case, the case is Uganda versus Baguma,” Dr Besigye said of Baguma’s case that has elicited a lot of anxiety since the killing of Ms Katushabe in 2015.
He added: “It is a very silly precedent, people who should be in law enforcement are the ones breaking it and this means that the State is a failure.”
Ms Katushabe was reportedly killed by a group of people led by city businessman Muhammad Sebuwufu, a dealer in second hand cars and owner of Pine car bond on Lumumba Road, after the deceased failed to clear a debt of Shs9 million.
Following the killing, Katushabe’s relatives swung into action and ensured Sebuwufu was arrested and remanded to Luzira prison. However, Baguma, most probably using his powerful connections and influence, has since evaded arrest, prompting Katushabe’s relatives to protest to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mike Chibita wa Duallo, who in turn wrote to the police asking them to ensure Baguma faces the law. But in the midst of all the hullabaloo, police chief General Kale Kayihura reshuffled his officers in the Kampala Metropolitan Police (KMP) area, in the process sending Baguma for a six-month ‘refresher’ course at the Police Senior Command and Staff College (PSCSC), Bwebajja, along Entebbe Road.
Meanwhile, as the behind-the-scenes cat and mouse game ensued the judiciary set in motion, summoning Baguma to the Buganda Road magistrate’s court, which he has failed to do. And today, the court issued an arrest warrant for the now elusive police officer.
By press time, the Eagleonline was not able to establish whether the police would react to Baguma’s arrest warrant, or whether the force would wait for option ‘B’, Dr Besigye’s call to citizens to arrest Baguma.August 18, 2016 at 9:21 pm #27045
These NRM hooligans stole and sold all our assets and made this country dependent and enslaved to foreign profit hungry “investors”. Now they shamefully tell us they are driving us to a middle income status by 2021. Museveni’ economic gibberish not withstanding, the economy of this country is in the hands of a few individuals who wield a lot of political and financial leverage on the dictatorship. Truth is, developing the economy and improving service delivery is not up to us or the dictator anymore. He sold us wholesomely. He keeps lying that he is beefing up our economy. Truth is, economically speaking, he can’t tell beef from pork. Amin, with his scanty education wanted to have every building and every productive asset in the world to belong to and bear the name of Uganda. Our “graduate of political economics from Dar-el-salam” has made sure no company, no asset, no business carries the name of Uganda. Uganda commercial bank, Uganda airlines, Uganda railway, Uganda cooperative society….e.t.c all sold. This man is the biggest liability uganda has had in generations. He must go. Change is comingAugust 18, 2016 at 9:27 pm #27047
A brutal assault on American and other foreign aid workers in Juba marks a new low for a supposed U.S. ally and the state of U.N. peacekeeping.
By Colum Lynch, Dan De Luce, Paul McLeary
The rape and beating of American and Western aid workers in the South Sudanese capital of Juba by government soldiers has struck a devastating blow against two of President Barack Obama’s signature foreign-policy efforts: reforming the United Nations’ troubled peacekeeping program and standing up a stable government in the world’s newest country.
The horrific July 11 attacks on the Terrain hotel facility mark a grim moment in a long-standing U.S. effort to help South Sudan build a functioning state after gaining its independence from the Arab-dominated Sudanese government in Khartoum. The violence highlighted the degree to which South Sudanese President Salva Kiir has evolved from a valued U.S. friend to the leader of a rampaging army that has now targeted American nationals.
“The U.S. and the U.N. gambled on close relations with Salva Kiir, and it turns out that Salva Kiir in an untrustworthy partner who hates the U.N. and increasingly hates the U.S.,” said Richard Gowan, an expert on U.N. peacekeeping operations at the European Council on Foreign Relations.
In the assault last month, uniformed South Sudanese troops singled out Americans for abuse and beatings, shot dead a local reporter while forcing foreign nationals to watch, carried out mock executions, and gang-raped several foreign women, according to a report by The Associated Press, which cited interviews with multiple witnesses on the ground.
The grim details of the attack have raised questions about why the nearby U.S. Embassy didn’t send American troops to rescue those trapped at the hotel — and why Washington kept silent about the incident for more than a month until it was revealed by the AP’s report.
When about 80 to 100 South Sudanese troops stormed the compound and overwhelmed the hotel’s small security team, foreign aid workers at the facility sent desperate pleas for help to the U.N. peacekeeping mission, located less than a mile away, as well as to the U.S. Embassy. But no U.N. blue helmets ever arrived to stop the nearly four-hour ordeal.
The U.S. ambassador to South Sudan, Mary Catherine Phee, immediately asked the South Sudanese government to send troops deemed trustworthy to intervene, and forces from the National Security Service did eventually arrive, senior U.S. administration officials said. But by then several foreign nationals had been raped, and Americans had been terrorized and beaten. A South Sudanese reporter, John Gatluak, who worked for Internews, a U.S.-funded media development organization, had been hauled out and shot in the head in front of aid workers.
The incident carries potentially damaging political overtones for the Obama administration and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, who has faced an avalanche of criticism from Republicans over how she handled a 2012 attack on an American diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya.
Two days after soldiers from the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) carried out the assault, the Obama administration rushed dozens of American troops to bolster security for the embassy there. Another 130 American troops were deployed to nearby Djibouti as a quick reaction force.
That was too late to help those hurt in the July 11 attack at the Terrain hotel. U.S. officials said the embassy had a small security contingent that was not equipped to carry out a major combat and rescue operation against dozens of armed and disorderly South Sudanese troops. Embassy staff had to move to bunkers more than once during that day due to mortar and small-arms fire around the embassy compound, officials said. With the capital engulfed in violence, the primary mission of the security team — as in other embassies around the world — was to protect embassy staff and classified material, officials said.
“We didn’t have the personnel with the mission or the capacity to respond to such a wide-scale event. Our response was to engage the government that had the capability to do so,” a senior administration official told Foreign Policy on the condition of anonymity.
“There’s no Delta Force residing at the embassy,” the official added.
“There’s no Delta Force residing at the embassy,” the official added.
The U.N., for its part, has launched an “independent special investigation” into reports that Chinese, Ethiopian, and Nepalese peacekeepers failed to respond to calls for help from the hotel. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s office issued a statement late Tuesday night saying the U.N. chief “is concerned about allegations that UNMISS [The United Nations Mission in South Sudan] did not respond appropriately to prevent this and other grave cases of sexual violence committed in Juba.”
The statement, which was attributable to Ban’s spokesman, noted that the U.N. chief is “alarmed” by the preliminary findings of a U.N. fact-finding investigation that probed the July 11 attack on the Terrain hotel, and confirmed that one person was killed and “several civilians were raped and brutally beaten by men in uniform.” He urged the South Sudanese government to investigate the abuses and “prosecute those involved in these unspeakable acts of violence.”
The latest bout of fighting between government forces loyal to Kiir and those of his vice president-turned-rival, Riek Machar, erupted on July 8 after a cabinet meeting at the presidential compound and quickly spread to several locations around Juba. Researchers from Human Rights Watch visited Juba later that month and found evidence of “multiple crimes,” according to an Aug. 15 report by the group. The researchers said most of the wrongdoing was “committed by government soldiers from the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA).”
The Obama administration says it is working tirelessly to ensure that U.N. peacekeepers are in a better position to defend civilians in South Sudan. Last week, the United States led negotiations on a resolution that authorizes an additional 4,000 peacekeepers to secure the capital of Juba.
The U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Samantha Power, condemned the attack in a statement issued late Monday and demanded an inquiry into the response of the U.N. peacekeepers.
Power said the United States is “deeply concerned that United Nations peacekeepers were apparently either incapable of or unwilling to respond to calls for help. We have requested and are awaiting the outcome of an investigation by the United Nations and demand swift corrective action in the event that these allegations are substantiated.”
She also defended the U.S. reaction to the attack on the Terrain compound, saying that “the U.S. embassy responded to distress calls from the compound and urgently contacted South Sudanese government officials, who sent a response force to the site to stop the attack.”
The U.S. effort to reinforce the U.N. mission in South Sudan is part of a broader push by the Obama administration to reform peacekeeping operations to make them better suited to protect civilians from atrocities. The U.N.’s failures in Juba raise serious doubts about how much progress will have been made by the time Obama leaves office next January.
In July 2009, Obama’s newly appointed U.N. ambassador, Susan Rice, delivered an address to the U.S. Congress in which she defended the U.N.’s often maligned peacekeepers as “an essential instrument for advancing” American interests around the world.
The Obama administration, she pledged, would make their “effectiveness” and “efficiency” a key priority. In September 2015, Obama hosted a peacekeeping summit in New York to highlight the U.S. commitment to such operations and to urge other countries to pledge troops and equipment.
But more than seven years after Rice’s speech, U.N. peacekeepers continue to generate damning headlines, including on sexual assault scandals in the Central African Republic and the failure to confront atrocities in Darfur, Sudan. In South Sudan, the U.N.’s inability to stem the violence even in its own compounds has raised doubts about the peacekeepers’ effectiveness.
Since fighting erupted in December 2013, more than 50,000 people have been killed and another 2 million displaced, including more than 180,000 people seeking protection in six U.N. compounds. A U.N. board of inquiry this month faulted the world body’s response to an attack likely carried out by government forces and allied militias on a U.N. compound in the northeastern city of Malakal, which resulted in 30 deaths and 123 injuries. The latest allegations about U.N. inaction in Juba have only reinforced those doubts about the mission’s effectiveness.
“This is an incredible moment of frustration for the U.S.,” Gowan said.
“This is an incredible moment of frustration for the U.S.,” Gowan said. “The U.S. has pushed hard for UNMISS [the U.N. mission in South Sudan] to raise its game since 2013,” when the country descended into civil war. “But the U.N. has been unable to protect civilians. After the Obama summit and all the emphasis on increased U.S. support to the U.N., it seems that the blue helmets are no better than before,” Gowan added.
The chaos in South Sudan also marks a major setback for China, which has significant oil interests in the country and has taken a lead role in the peacekeeping effort there. “It’s a big embarrassment for China,” Gowan said. “China had invested heavily in South Sudan, sending its first full combat brigade to Juba and doing a lot behind the scenes to try to make the government behave properly. Now, it has not only lost two peacekeepers, but Chinese troops also stand accused of ignoring mass rape near their base.”
It’s unclear what effect the attacks, and the reports of widespread abuses by SPLA soldiers, will have on Washington’s support for the government in Juba. The United States remains the single biggest bilateral donor to South Sudan. In its budget request for 2017, the State Department asked for $30 million to help modernize the South Sudanese army so that it “respects human rights, represents its population, is accountable to elected leadership, protects the people of South Sudan, and encourages stability in the Horn of Africa” — in other words, to ensure it does not carry out the kinds of abuses it stands accused of. Another $132 million was requested for civil society and peace-building programs.
Two days after the attack on the Terrain hotel, Obama said in a statement that he was sending into the country an additional 47 U.S. troops “equipped for combat” who were being deployed “for the purpose of protecting U.S. citizens and property.” Those troops remain in Juba, along with the 130-strong quick reaction force in Djibouti.
A spokesperson for the U.S. Africa Command told FP that there are American military “assets positioned within the region that are capable of providing a wide variety of responses when requested by the ambassador” but declined to go into detail about what capabilities are available.
The State Department declined to say exactly how many American forces or staff were at the U.S. Embassy in Juba on July 11. But, in recent years, the government has said about 50 staff were working out of the embassy. After the outbreak of fighting in Juba and the July 11 attack, the United States helped secure medical treatment for victims of the hotel rampage and organized flights out of the country for 80 U.S. nationals. The State Department also scaled back the embassy’s footprint to a skeletal staff, officials said.
U.S. diplomats and aid workers in South Sudan have faced recurring security threats. In 2013, a U.S. military attempt to evacuate American citizens from a U.N. post in Bor had to be aborted when a CV-22 Osprey aircraft came under machine gun and small-arms fire, wounding several Navy SEALs.August 25, 2016 at 8:52 am #27077
Mbarara Police are searching for a 26-year-old man alleged to have killed his wife this Monday in a case of domestic violence.
Mark Anthony, a resident of Rubindi B Cell in Mbarara district is said to have fought with his wife Kellen Katushabe, 26, at their residence during which the woman was strangled.
Police rushed to the crime scene where Katushabe’s body was found lifeless. Anthony escaped before police’s arrival.
Mbarara’s chief police detective, Taban Chiriga said the woman’s body was taken to Mbarara Referral Hospital for postmortem while Anthony is on the run.
He said investigations into the brutal murder are already underway.
“Our records indicate that 15 people have been killed in cases of domestic violence in Mbarara in the last four months,” said Taban.
He appealed the relevant authorities to sensitise the public on amicable resolution of domestic conflicts.
The case was registered at Mbarara police station under CRB 239/2016.August 25, 2016 at 8:53 am #27078
At least eight students are in custody at Mbarara police station on allegations of burning school premises.
The suspects include Hilary Mucunguzi, 18, Derrick Kamoga, 17 and Gerard Nuwahereza, 17, all from Kashaka High School.
The quartet is accused of burning school dormitories and administration block on August 16 during a violent strike.
The students were reacting to the administrators’ ban on use of mobile handsets.
Other students identified as Rashid Twahama, Stephen Birungi, Arthur Nuwahereza, Deo Baguma and Sunday Umaru of Welden School in Mbarara are being held in connection with the burning of the school dormitory following a tribal conflict on August 15.
The OC CID Mbarara Taban Chiriga confirmed the arrest of the boys from the two schools saying they will face charges of arson.
Welden school buildings were torched by students during the violent strike
However, Taban attributed the strikes to poor administrators who do not promptly respond to students’ grievances.
Taban said over 40 suspected ring leaders of the violent strike at Welden were still at large.
“Many students are still in hiding while others will change schools but as police we must arrest them to face the law,” charged the police officer.
Other schools which were involved in strikes this month in western Uganda include Cleverland High School, Nyamitanga SS, Kashaka High School and Nyakayojo Secondary School (Mbarara); and Equatorial Secondary School, Alliance SS (Ibanda); Kabale Trinity College and St. Mary’s Rushoroza (Kabale).
At St Paul Secondary School, a matron was killed and her body dumped in the bush during a strike last Thursday.August 25, 2016 at 8:54 am #27079
I have lately developed ‘required’ sense of ‘wisdom’ of keeping my opinion to myself unless it’s an issue to do with land and land reform policy.
I have successfully kept my opinion on issue of “reverse parking” now threatening to tear Green Hill Academy to pieces. Until today, I thought I would do the same on Police and Police brutality, a topic increasingly becoming boring yet un-ignorable.
As we interface with policemen (and policewomen; just to be politically correct) in our everyday activities, we certainly developed a confused sense of emotions towards them.
We go to sleep hating them because news put them on the bad side of the story, but by 10am the following day, we love them because we found them regulating traffics and helping school children cross roads.
But how do we save ourselves from our self-afflicted confused sagacity of emotions towards our police?
There is only one way; divide police into two. The People’s Police Force; PPF (sounds like tables but it’s okay) and The Government Police Force (GPF).
Whereas there is that section of Police force accused of abducting regime’s political opponents, kidnapping oppositions’ political mobilizers and dropping them as far as Pader without transport to return to Kampala, clobbering Besigye’s onlookers along the roads or running them over without caring about the weight of their land cruisers; that section of police accused of lending kifesi their guns in the nights, those accused of defeating justice in processes of investigations like in the case of a one Wamala, that section of police accused of shielding murder suspects within their ranks, and others for sectarian promotions and deployment within the force;
There are those good policemen who burn candles all night in their village police posts waiting to rescue somebody, those policemen standing at traffic junctions all day, some time on rain directing and regulating motorize, those good policemen waiting at the parking yards to give security to our cars, those good policemen helping children cross the roads to and from schools.
With separation, the government Police would be these other people (within the law) abducting, kidnapping, arresting, beating and hunting down whoever they perceived as harboring intention of ascending to power.
Those hunting down poachers at game parks, evicting forest encroachers and illegal fish mongers at the landing sites. They would be those Policemen carrying RPGs, LMGs, PKs, AGLs, B10, HPG9, driving tankers and APCs in the city without option of arrest.
They would be the men escorting Besigye to courts or whenever he intends to travel to town.
They would be those men who can cause your death even if you were just a defaulting car buyer without being arrested for it.
And the people’s Police would be the men and women recording statements of complainants and suspects at the stations, the policemen directing traffic and regulating highway speeds. Would be those policemen providing security at the banks, the night clubs, the shopping malls, parking yards and checking luggage at the airports and bus parks.
The policemen regulating crowds at funerals, parties, schools, stadiums and amusement parks. They would be those policemen you feel you can run to whenever you have legal problems.
We indeed cannot have the same police doing all these, without befuddling our likes and dislikes for them.
If we had that, we wouldn’t be having Gen. Kayihura and the six as suspected criminals in the court; something that has miffed the image of police force afar redemption.August 25, 2016 at 8:55 am #27080
With the surrender of Mugisha Muntu to the Kizza Besigye crusade, it is fair to wonder what the Forum for Democratic (FDC) still stands for especially against the backdrop of the “Policy Agenda for Uganda’s Leap Forward,” that Muntu launched in March, 2015. Since Besigye left his freewheeling days as NPC travelling on the public wagon, he has become a permanent fixture in Uganda’s opposition politics, and a committed rebel.
In that role, Besigye has unsuccessfully been trying to sow fear and despair rather than hard work and hope among the unsuspecting public in the futile hope he could get elected as president of Uganda.
Besigye continues to say that we should build institutions, political parties inclusive in which there is regular change of leadership. But, what does that say of a man who espouses the need to create change in leadership, then doesn’t want to leave the stage or perhaps bidding time for his wife to replace him! Besigye and the rise of anarchy could be the price we are paying for living in a democracy.
FDC has always claimed the moral high ground of Uganda’s recent politics although that should be laughable, now that it is a refuge for sowing hate. With Besigye, FDC is running towards a wall or indeed the wall is getting nearer to it now. If FDC refuses to update its democratic credentials it could reach its end sooner. Innovation, is a cliché across every trade, yet FDC seems to believe that Besigye can continue using his four failed attempts as if Uganda hasn’t changed.
Even after Museveni has rebuilt the state, and started getting positive returns, Besigye gets misty-eyed about achievements pretending to be the one deeply caring about the poor, the vulnerable and underdogs. He claims that NRM is rotten.
It is Besigye who has fretted about internal change, giving room and social justice, portraying Museveni as seeking life leadership with privileges, and heartless to the point of sadism. But, when a party’s presidential candidate clings to power than perhaps necessary, it’s more than a bad look, it’s a sign that something has gone fundamentally wrong.
If NRM looks like it’s having a tough time, FDC’s troubles is even more tectonic because, it is not one party, rather, it is at least two irreconcilable factions running confused. The NRM is already burying its divisions over elections to ensure stable and effective government, with eyes firmly on the next general election. FDC is in a free fall with arguments over the legality of elections past while Muntu supposedly its real elected leader has been swatted away like a fly.
We now know that Besigye has clipped Muntu’s wings as he seeks to ensure there is no challenge in 2021, with prospects he will be returned to the leadership, with a free hand to de-select those ‘rebels’ who may want to cause him headache. All of this FDC infighting has to be seen against Uganda’s enormous progress, and certainly arguing among themselves and present no coherent alternative to NRM.
There is little prospect of FDC shaping the debate around Uganda’s economic and political future or impact in the region or continent, and in so doing, FDC is failing those who oppose NRM. For Besigye, the purity of opposition beats the necessary compromises and reality of government because after all, why stand for something when you can simply be against it. Besigye doesn’t present an alternative and if he continues in leadership, the opposition will lose its ideal brand name and many may conclude that the patient is ready for the mortuary.
For his inner-circle, the priority is not policies but spreading paranoia, not challenging the government but to frame whoever disagrees with their febrile line as conspiracy wreckers inside their party.
During footages of Besigye’s walkabouts, he wants to appear ‘a man of the people’, although he comes across more a schoolboy who suddenly discovers an interest in tidying his room rather than doing his homework. The trouble is, this teenager is supposed to be leading a responsible opposition.
He is probably supposed to be holding NRM government to account over the economy, education, health services, housing, tax avoidance, and possibly even electoral fraud. He is supposed to be making a convincing case to voters for a calm environment as tool to attract especially foreign investments in order to create jobs, but he has dismally failed.
Besigye might be belligerent, but since when has a role model for good leadership been so angry even for no apparent reason, which may as well be his next campaign slogan. One reason for Besigye to seek civility should be to protect the vulnerable against the volatility in investment climate. His anarchy is a scam and thuggish, and the victims will be the poor, who he claims to represent. Most Ugandans support stability, unfortunately Besigye doesn’t see his line as futile.
I suggest to Besigye that what voters really want, more than anything is clear, coherent policies on issues that really matter and the veneer of competence and civility. That would be a new kind of politics, although the black shark is still outAugust 25, 2016 at 8:58 am #27081
Opposition strongman Dr Kizza Besigye has ruled out the possibility of using arms to remove the government of president Museveni, saying a violent change of the statusquo does not necessarily lead to empowerment of citizens to determine their own destiny.
Besigye, who is on court bail after spending two months at Luzira prison on charges of treason, said, “Violence doesn’t cause the type of change that we want. The change we want is not just a change of government.”
“We want a change that will empower all our citizens,” said the former FDC presidential candidate while appearing on NBS Television on Wednesday morning.
Dr Besigye has for long been accused of quietly plotting to overthrow Museveni with the use of force or by dividing the armed forces, charges he denies.
However, the politician, who participated in the NRA guerrilla war that brought Museveni to power in 1986, says he has the potential to use guns to achieve his goals.
All the FDC stalwart lacks, he says, is the willingness to pursue the path of war.
“Museveni used violence which left half a million people dead; left hospitals, schools and commercial infrastructure destroyed. That is the option we don’t want to take,” said Besigye.
“Rebellion doesn’t deliver the results we want. We won the war but did not make people take charge of their country,” he assured.
Besigye also vowed not to abandon his defiance campaign.
“Defiance is my favoured course of action,” said Besigye, adding he would continue to mobilise people using a strategy that comprises three components – awareness, oganisaation and action.
“Because of our activism, that is why we say we have evidence we did not lose the election as Kiggundu (Electoral Commission boss) wanted the country to believe. We have evidence of that,” emphasised the FDC honcho.
Regarding allegations that FDC intended to use P10 grassroots structure to instigate countrywide violence, Besigye said people have the right to organise themselves to achieve a common goal.
“It is our right. The regime was trying to say that P10 is recruitment for a rebellion. Nonsense. Ugandans have a right to organize themselves. That’s one of their fundamental rights.”
On his way forward in the wake of treason charges, Besigye said, “Politics is one of the most unpredictable things.”
He pointed to the possibility of the government’s collapse.
“Even as we are talking here, the regime can collapse. Every ingredient is there for the regime to collapse any time. But it can also hang on depending on what our actions are,” he observed.
“It can collapse on its own. The regime collapsing and people assuming power are two different things. This regime is so vulnerable, it can collapse any time. But that won’t give people power. People must be mentally alert; regain power and influence in their country; and leaders must act as servants not masters of the people.”
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