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THESE ARE THE AMAZING NRM ACHIEVEMENTS IN UGANDA. PLEASE DON’T CRY OR FAINT BECAUSE THIS IS WHAT HAS HAPPENED.
1-Chogm Scandal 2007, Ugx 500billion.
2-Temangalo scandal 2008, Ugx 11billion.
3- Global Fund scandal 2008, Ugx 95.8billion.
4- ID scandal 2010, Ugx 150billion
5- Bicycle scandal 2011, Ugx 4billion
6- Microfinance and Kazibwe scandal 2011, Ugx 60billion
7- Bassajabalaba compesation scandal 2011, Ugx 169billion
8- Pension scandal 2012, Ugx 169billion.
9- Prime minister’s office 2012, Ugx 5billion
10- Jet fighter scam Ugx trillion
11- Irish Aid for northern Uganda 2012, Ugx
12- Mbale-Soroti road fraud 2015, Ugx 90billion 13- Museveni campaign money 2016, Ugx 2.4trillion
14- Presidential Handshake 2017, Ugx 6billion.
15-USD 379m to Lubowa hospital investor
16-900 billion saga of bank of Uganda
17-280 billion shillings Uganda Airlines saga and many more than thinking attacking will change our feel towards a failed governmentJanuary 15, 2020 at 1:25 pm in reply to: NRM party is deliberately neglecting majority of Uganda rural poor #27801
The ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party has been advised to allow all its members, including the MPs that voted against the Presidential Age Limit constitutional amendment in 2017, to attend the forthcoming party delegates conference.
Yesterday, the NRM Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba told press that 30 NRM MPs including those who voted against the age limit amendment would not be allowed to participate in the conference scheduled for 25th this month at Namboole stadium.
Lumumba at a press conference, announced that those on this list that wish to attend the event, will have to appear first before the party disciplinary committee.
However, NRM’s Director Legal, Oscar Kihika in a letter dated 15th January 2019, warned Mrs Lumumba against blocking these MPs.
He noted that these MPs are legally still members of the National conference basing on Article 11(2) of NRM constitution.
“To the best of my knowledge, these MPs thus far have not been dismissed from the NRM,” he said.
According to Kasule Lumumba, the so-called rebel MPs will be replaced by Independent MPs who lean towards NRM.
Janet Kataha Mwesigwa Museveni has lured everyone around the state and will soon call for the whole Uganda into overdrive of prayers for some kind of miracle as Mafia Yoweri Museveni stage two cancer hit a state of no recovery.
Together with her daughter, the pseudo pastor Patience Rwabwogwo, the epilepsy patient Janet Kataha Museveni have called for a family crisis meeting on the way forward as Mafia Jajja will need a lot of prayers, family presence, consolation and sympathy.
It is heard that German doctors regularly fly-in to give Mafia Museveni chemotherapy sessions and have secretly advised him to consider relinquish of power since he will need more time to rest and get treated, if he is to live a bit long.
According to those who participated in the infamous trekking, which may be his final trip, Mafia Museveni looked even more frail, dehydrated and cold, he was kept under the sun shade to avoid radius which affects the skin badly and spread cancer cells.
On the other hand, not everyone is sympathetic with Mafia Museveni’s aggravating cancer, some are biting their tongues that the old man gets completely incapacitated so they can go on with their plans.
While Janet Mwesigwa Museveni is busy calling people to join her in endless prayers, she should understand that many families have lost their loved ones not by prostate cancer but at the orders of her husband.
Epileptic Janet Museveni never even bothered to call or check on their families but now she wants the entire nation to understand her situation. A new born baby was tear gassed and lost sight but to such a baby her half divorced husband’s life is more important.
We should remember that your are all in transit on this earth to unknown destination and it doesn’t make any sense to kill another human being while forgetting that your next flight out of this world is scheduled already and you just don’t know when that flight will arrive.
I have just had a conversation with my good friend and a very brave journalist Mr Richard Wanambwa who covered the Police Senior Police party at Naguru.
Mr Wanambwa has permitted me to quote him to wit that Gen Kayihura alerted top Police management he was not going to stay with them for long for the available information is that the assault on security installations was is eminent.
I agree with Gen Kale Kaihura on his threat assesment.
Gen Kale belongs to the club of Maj Victor Bwana and Col Mishambi.
These were serious people.
Indeed the attack is possible and eminent.
How did we get to this?
Late this year I was invited by Gen Kayihura in his farm 45 kms north of Lyantonde and we discussed both the primary and secondary contradictions in the NRM system.
I was happy he had extended an arm for dialogue.
He even allowed me access to Police training wing at Kabalye and I witnessed his capacity building strategy.
President Museveni came over and went through his usual narrative of Uganda’s bottlenecks.
I still found their analysis of the situation flawed for their belief in reliance on use of brute force or threat of use of force.
This is a secondary contradiction for force and democracies are never complimentary.
Dialogue is a sina-quonon to the survival a democracy.
And this is where the death of Dr Kayiira becomes critical.
Dr Kayira was the leader of Uganda Freedom Movement.( UFM)
UFM of Kayiira and FEDEMO of Capt Nkwanga joined NRA and made the capture of Kampala smooth.
Capt Jack Sabiiti then of UFM and now FDC MP Rukiga had objected to the peace deal with Museveni’s NRA.
Hon Jack Sabiiti opposed handing over UFM guns to Museveni.
Dr Kayiira over ruled Capt Jack Sabiiti and ordered UFM to surrender all the guns.
Dr Kayiira was appointed a cabinet minister.
Hon Jack Sabiiti prepared to go back to the bush and he indeed went back to the bush only to surrender to Lt Col Kiiza Besigye.
Dr Kayiira and FEDEMO had embraced dialogue with NRA and Museveni.
Later president Museveni summoned Dr Kayiira, late Baraki Kiirya, Capt Jack Sabiiti, Poul Kagame now president of Rwanda etc and put it to Dr Kayiira that UFM hadn’t handed in all the guns and that Museveni’s informer insisted he knew where the UFM guns had been hidden.
The meeting agreed that Musevei’s informer leads a joint team of Kayiira and Museveni to the said site and they dig out the guns.
Im advised President Kagame led the joint team.
The informer showed them the site, they dug in and there was no trace of any guns.
The meeting reconvened for the report on the said excavation and Museveni rejected the report arguing the boy had been intimidated.
Later Dr Kayiira was executed.
Most FEDEMO and UFM operatives were eliminated in the North and Eastern Uganda.
I put it to Gen Kayiihura in our dialogue at his farm, that it was this failed experiment at genuine dialogue and reconciliation that was going to plunge Uganda into another round of a vicious war.
I put it to Gen Kayiihura and would still put before any other individual in NRM that NRM and NRA lack a superior qualitative method to resolve complex contradictions qualitatively.
The only available method is dismissals, isolation, blackmail, katebe, subjugation etc.
All these emit negative energy.
NRM/A is alien to genuine dialogue and reconciliation.
You hear of nugatory statements like “ take him to Mzee/ Museveni for rehabilitation”.
If you have a different view then you are indisplined, lacking in political clarity, poor/broke and desirous of a job and therefore for curtailment through operative combination.
I put it to Gen Kale Kayihura that moderate elements in the various insurgency groups, the LRA, ADF, UPA, UPDA, Rescue Front, West Nile Bank Front etc were allowed to surrender with amnesty and most of them were later killed and or jailed under other flesh charges.
Those who were deployed in security were later killed in mysterious circumstances.
Atleast they were never accorded quality security.
Some Sheiks who had embraced dialogue were recently executed.
And this is a big problem.
Those who stayed in the bush/ who had misgivings on the Museveni mode of dialogue are wholly radicals and have had a stint on and analyzed the obvious outcomes of Museveni dialogue.
Ofcourse it’s getting late to construct a superior and qualitative superstructure to deliver a qualitative conversation that would resolve the apparent contradictions qualitatively.
In case war breaks out, we will then have a double complex task of managing this armed conflict commanded by radicals on the one hand and the NRA/ UPDF who are only exposed to fighting the weak with a deceptive offer of dialogue and reconciliation.
Amama Mbabazi and Gen Tinyefuza who are the architects of this mode of the deceptive dialogue and reconciliation are now its victims. They took part in most critical decisions relating to some killings. I suggest we require them to tell the country the truth, and honest truth. This could be a firm foundation for future National healing and reconciliation.December 26, 2019 at 3:26 pm in reply to: Uganda students expose Yoweri Museveni's Mismanagement #27604
We happened to have spent $740million USD on purchasing only six SU 30-MK2 Russian fighter jets but the kingdom of Morroco did build her own bullet modern train covering 323 km for just USD $2.3 billion only.
This implies that we had capacity to do the same even better by covering this small country with railway networks connecting all major urban centers such as kabale, Mbarara, Masaka, Kampala, Jinja, Tororo to Nimule and return back to kitgum, Moroto and Kasese.
I come to conclude that it’s often the visionary and patriotic leadership that will develop societies. It’s never eloquent speeches or the total number of MPs in the house. We’re here to count the standard of physical infrastructure and today we struggle to appropriately connect even the nearest towns like jinja and masaka.December 26, 2019 at 3:23 pm in reply to: Uganda students expose Yoweri Museveni's Mismanagement #27603
The Ministry of disaster preparedness has never been prepared for any disaster. They are always waiting for a 35 days notice that landslide will happen.
This time the disaster happened when all Ministry employees were abroad on vacation.
When the Bududes call they’re told, we are not here. How were we to know that landslide were going to happen.December 26, 2019 at 3:17 pm in reply to: Uganda students expose Yoweri Museveni's Mismanagement #27602
The manner our ministers reason leave behind alot to be desired. Religion is a choice, you dont decide for us and our families whom and when to worship. Where’s the religious freedoms, our families have a right to practice vodooism, okusamila, become atheists, go to church or not. The society has more pressing challenges than non starter predicaments. Thousands of children are on the streets, many go to school barefooted while other wont continue furthering their education on empty stomach and you hear directives sending us back to renaissance ages.
State Minister for Children Affairs Hon. Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi has said next year her ministry will enforce laws against violation of Children’s rights including arresting parents who deny their children the right to faith.
She said parents who leave children at home on Sundays, violate rights of those children. She said the behavior tantamount to child neglect which could lead to severe punishment.
The minister’s comments were part of her Christmas message she delivered today. Nakiwala says children have a right to faith which must be granted by parents.
“If you don’t take your child to Church, it means you have violated their right to faith” she said.
She says that come 2020, her ministry will be more vigilant in enforcement of such rights of children like never before.
Nakiwala said her ministry will also not tolerate cases of child abuse involving parents who allow their children access pornography through their handhelds gadgets. She advised parents to ensure that children access to phones is limited otherwise they may be caught up by the law.
“If you let your phone to the child and the child accesses pornography, and other social media materials that violate the rights of that child, you will be imprisoned” Nakiwala said.
Under the Constitution, children are protected against activities that are harmful to their spiritual, moral or social development.
According to the Children’s Act, child neglect means failure to provide for the basic physical, emotional and developmental needs of a child such as health, education, emotional development, nutrition, shelter and safe living conditions which can cause or have a high probability of causing impairment of a child’s health or physical, mental, spiritual, moral or social development.September 6, 2018 at 9:27 am in reply to: Uganda students expose Yoweri Museveni's Mismanagement #27523
The struggle continues and it’s not over till it’s over!!!!!We as the opposition have the right to speak and be heard without being threatened because of our differences in opinions and views!!!We are disgruntled for a reason and should not be tortured and brutalised because we feel the need for change!!Let us continue speaking out and exposing the evilness amidst us/”leaders”……..Am sure by now most of us are able to identify some individuals by name and even quote their threats!!!we need to keep exposing them for what they are!!!Mine are in the comments……..people power our power!!!!set our people free……..we know they’re still locked up and are being tortured!!!!!!September 6, 2018 at 9:05 am in reply to: Uganda students expose Yoweri Museveni's Mismanagement #27522
We can now clearly see that Uganda is under pure military dictatorship with white washed democracy.
When leaders believe they are invincible, they start to make all sorts of statements. THATS WHAT THE NRM GAVE UGANDANS BY CHANGING AGE LIMIT.
Today Rt. Hon Kadaga should realise the mess she caused to our country when she accepted to be used during TOGIKWATAKO.
Parliament of Uganda lost all its respect when you let the President take over your seat as Speaker and decide what happens in parliament.
You clearly humiliated all your allies and those that had trust in you even when the NRM had abandoned you. Parliament was raided, members of parliament beaten under your watch. Parliament has become a shadow of its own self.
Hardly two weeks ago, President Museveni stayed that he can disband the electoral commission.
What form of justice are we still looking for ?
You successfully participated in building this life Presidency and that’s how it behaves. So from today just know that we are all like Grasshoppers in the saucepan of the dictator.
Not even yourself Rt hon Kadaga, the dictator will not spare your seat but they will be no one left to fight for you.
Every Ugandan can make their contribution, a mere share of this message is good enough.
Your biggest enemy is fear.
NOW IS THE TIME
Museveni shares one thing in common with his African strongmen peers, that is insatiable greed for power to control people, resources and primitively accumulate wealth.
Certainly, their fate is bound to end in bursting their belly; Sani Abacha ate all the oil in Nigeria until his belly burst.It said the Nigeria’s former military ruler had accumulated upon his death in 1998, over $4.3bn held in personal and proxy bank accounts in tax havens as diverse as Switzerland, Luxembourg, Jersey, and Liechtenstein. His wife Maryam was caught trying to flee the country with 38 suitcases stuffed with cash and his first son returned $1.2 billion to the Nigerian government in 2002.
According to African Union report, the collection of all these African strongmen hemorrhage the continent with up to loss of more than $50bn every year in illicit financial outflows.
A step back home in Uganda, another fraudulently imposing president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has taken greed to another dimension. Besides controlling power, all the resources, state institution and micro managing all the levels of society, he is pushing through a very unpopular constitutional amendment which will grant him the absolute control of all the land resources in the country.
The paradox is that he is constitutionally prohibited from seeking the same position of the fountain of honor come 2021 when he is officially over the age cap of 75 years. The aggressive stance he has put to have the people deprived of the land ownership for all intents and purposes is a vivid a sign of someone not ready to relinquish power come 2021.
Therefore I predict he will eat until his belly burst open if we Ugandans don’t put a speed governor to his insatiable greed.
Flight Captain Mike Mukula first ventured into mainstream politics in 2001 when he was elected the Member of Parliament (M.P) for Soroti Municipality in Teso region. Immediately after, Museveni appointed him Minister of State for Health. He came to the limelight when he became the patron of the Arrow Group – a local initiative of vigilantes from Teso region who helped the army to defeat the LRA incursion in that region in 2003. The group was mainly comprised of mainly former rebels of the Uganda People’s Army (UPA) that had abandoned rebellion and joined rebellion in 1991.
Intelligence reports reaching Museveni at the time indicated that Mike Mukula was nursing ambitions of vying for the presidency. In May 2006 Museveni dropped him from his cabinet and the following month the commission of inquiry into mismanagement of Global Fund to fight Malaria, TB and AIDS released its report with among other recommendations that the culprits (Mukula inclusive) should be prosecuted. The theft of 1.6b shillings had also involved the then Minister of Health, Gen. Jim Muhwesi, State Minister Dr. Alex Kamugisha, and Alice Kaboyo, who doubled as museveni’s in-law and Private Secretary. As Mukula’s presidential ambitions became more open, a year later Museveni decided to act on the report of the commission of inquiry. A combined force comprising of police, Military Police, and regular soldiers arrested Mike Mukula and dragged him straight to court that remanded him to Ruzira Prison on charges of abuse of office. Later on Gen. Muhwezi, Dr. Kamugisha and Alice Kaboyo were also arrested, charged and remanded and they were all granted bail by the High Court. Following a series of petitions in both the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Court, criminal proceedings were halted.
During this period Mukula went ahead with his presidential ambitions. He expressed dissatisfaction with the Museveni regime in a secret meeting with top officials of the USA Embassy. During the meeting he told the diplomats that Museveni’s popularity was dwindling within his party and that he was grooming his son as his successor. He went ahead to advise that he should not impose his son on the party and the country before warning that such a move would have a backlash. He went ahead to disclose that he was advocating for the restoration of presidential term limits and that NRM’s support in Buganda was dwindling.
In March 2012 the four accused big shots withdrew their appeal. The trial resumed in June 2012 before the Anti-corruption Court. Immediately upon resumption of the trial, on 12th June 2012 Alice Kaboyo changed her mind and decided to plead guilty for theft of 250m shillings. She was convicted and sentenced to two years imprisonment with an alternative of 20m shillings fine. She paid the 20m fine and was let off the hook. On 18th March 2013, court concluded the trial by acquitting Gen. Muhweezi and Dr. Kamugisha of any wrong doing but found Mike Mukula guilty as charged. He was sentenced to a mandatory four years imprisonment for theft of 261m shillings and made to refund it after it was discovered that out of the 263m shillings he had given the 54 million to the First Lady under unclear circumstances. Mike Mukula cried foul alleging that his conviction was politically motivated and that he was a victim of selective prosecution.
As had always been the practice, a high powered delegation from Teso region comprised of Bishops, M.Ps, elders, cultural leaders and others met Museveni and appealed to him to set free Mike Mukula. Museveni told them that he couldnt twist the law to grant freedom to the jailed Mukula. However, he promised to pay for his legal fees and indeed 100m of the tax payer’s money was given to Mike Mukula for his legal fees. During the same meeting, Museveni went ahead to lecture members of the delegation over Mukula’s luxurious lifestyle. He said “……..knowing the dangers of people who love who love soft life, the NRM made it a philosophy and enshrined it in its constitution, the distaste for people who love luxury as they often ignore people’s affairs.” At the time, Mukula owned six planes and a chain of business enterprises. Two months later, in March 2016 the High Court quashed Mukula’s conviction and he was set free from prison.
After realizing that his presidential ambitions were a matter of life and death, in May 2015 Mukula announced his retirement from politics. In an extensive interview with The Monitor, he indirectly attacked Museveni’s continued hold on power thus “…..it is always right to come out of politics when you are still popular, not to be chased by the people.” He bitterly and courageously confirmed the views over the Museveni regime that he had shared with the diplomats at the USA Embassy in 2001. He went ahead to declare that he had dropped his presidential ambitions thus “…….we agreed that we have one presidential aspirant that we would like to support as the NRM flag bearer and that is President Museveni”. In a turn of events, Mukula went ahead to retain the NRA Vice Chairmanship for Eastern region.
In November 2015, Mike Mukula offered his helicopter for Museveni’s election campaigns. During the early days of the elections campaigns in the eastern region, the helicopter would fly at all the Museveni rallies. By mid December 2015, Museveni’s campaign team and security detail were uncomfortable with Mukula’s dominance at the campaign rallies. His helicopter was was branded a security threat to the president. By mid January 2016, Mukula and his helicopter were totally absent from Museveni’s campaign rallies. When violence broke out in the Rwenzori region immediately after the elections, Mike Mukula self assigned himself as the mediator between the protagonists – Bakonjo and Bamba cultural leaders. He put himself in the line of fire when he contradicted the regime by publicly stating that the violence in the Rwenzori was not ethnically motivated. He was later accused of falsely claiming that he was sent by Museveni to organise national inter-religious prayers for the violence in the Rwenzori yet the regime was selling the ethnic version of events. It was later reported that Museveni had ejected Mukula from poking his nose into the Rwenzori affairs. During the regime’s Central Executive Committee meeting at State House, Museveni branded Mukula a conman for masiqurading as his envoy in the Rwenzori region violence. He reportedly advised Mukula that the Rwenzori violence was a security matter before advising him to leave it to the security people.
Majority of Ugandans abroad were born and bred in Uganda, both their parents were born and bred in Uganda, both their paternal and maternal grandparents were born and bred in Uganda. So, how the hell do they not become Ugandans the moment they acquire dual citizenship, and are,therefore, required to pay huge amounts of money to become Ugandans again. Its really laughable, to say the least, and more laughable that organisations such as UNAA, are the ones organising the issuing of dual citizenship certificates. Actually,the $450 charged for dual citizenship is relic of a ‘money-making’ scheme than anything else.I am suspicious of what appears to be a widespread desire to milk money out of Ugandans abroad, and its disgusting. So disgusting!
Nobody likes being segregated,because that’s how it feels like for Ugandans with dual citizenship, basing on the ignorance of some legislators. Yes, its pure ignorance because the dual citizenship law as it is, smells of ignorance of those who passed it.We should stop labelling Ugandans abroad in any way. Issuing them certificates is totally ridiculous. Born in Ireland, the (English) Duke of Wellington never liked to be called an Irishman. His rebuttal — “When somebody was born in a stable, that does not make him a horse.”
Secondly, passports are documents in the name of a head of state asking that their subjects be granted protection in a country outside their jurisdiction.They have been around since the 19th and 20th century. So, I find it odd that again Ugandans abroad are charged different passport fees(renewal and lost passports) in comparison to those at home.This is the segregation and the money making scheme i’m talking about, and it should stop. There should be standard fees for all passports!
On February 1st 1974 President Iddi Amin issued a decree outlawing wearing of wigs. He argued that it makes “our women look un-African and artificial”. On the same day, women were banned from wearing trousers. On June 5th 1974 he issued another decree outlawing wearing of miniskirts that are more than three inches above the knee line. Iddi Amin (pictured being greeted Princes Elizabeth Bagaya who is donning a pair of shots, has been severally criticized for banning miniskirts during his so called dictatorial reign.
In April 2013, the President Yoweri Museveni government tabled a bill that sought to outlaw indecent dressing and in particular, miniskirts, as one of the behaviors deemed pornographic. The Minister of Ethics, Fr. Lokodo argued that the bill targeted “irresponsible” women wearing clothes above the knee in public because they are “hurting the moral fibre of Uganda.”
Last week the Ministry of Public Service issued a directive on the dress code for Public servants. Females are required not to wear tight clothes, skirts and dresses that are above the knees while men are to avoid tight trousers. The government argues that public officers were dressing indecently during the execution of their duties. The circular that carried the directive threatened stern disciplinary action for noncompliance.
All African dictators resort to such trivial draconian administrative measures to divert the attention of their citizens from their failures, repression and dictatorship. Going by the dress code circular, Museveni and his wife (pictured above in tight trousers at a campaign rally in 1980 and in mini-dress in 1979 respectively) can be said to be the patrons of the so called indecent dressing in Uganda. Six years later in 1986, they took over leadership of the country and have occupied State House for 31 years now.
To what extent did their indecent dressing background help in making them oppressive? Anyway, there is no cause for worry as Museveni will very soon do the usual needful, undoing the Public Service directive in order to get cheap popularity.
The country, under Museveni’s tyrany can’t talk about indecent dressing when in March 2015 elderly women (pictured above) in Amuru stripped naked in public while protesting against land grabbing by the regime. They blocked the road that was being used by the notorious and treacherous former Internal Affairs Minister, Gen. Aronda and Lands Minister, Saudi Migereko. The curse from that incident still haunts the regime.
Ponsiano Lwakataka is a reknown motor rally driver who in 2011 lifted Africa’s most prestigious championship, the Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally. His wife and brother are also rally drivers. Before taking up motor rallying, Ponsiano had been a fish monger and has continued to deal in fish export trade from Uganda to Congo and Tanzania.
On 18th January 2013 in Kyebe Rakai District, unknown assailants attacked the home of Pastor Mugambe killing him together with eight of his family members. The police as usual swung into action arresting and detaining and releasing different local residents as suspects.
In February 2013, the Police chief instead deployed 200 extra policemen in Rakai to help investigate the murder and fired six police officers from service over negligence. It even failed to establish the motive of this heinous crime. It instead made a blanket statement to the effect that Pastor Mugambe had been involved in questionable deals with one of the serial killers.
This particular murder opened the floodgates of a series of murders that rocked the region months later. By June 2013 a total of 35 people had been killed in Masaka, Lwengo, Rakai and Sembabule and 25 of these were in Rakai alone. Locals and leaders demanded for the resignation of some officers for failure to stop the murders. They demanded that the police chief should visit the area to explain the killings. During the commissioning of a newly built police station at Kalegero in Lwengo, the Police Chief disclosed that the Pastor Mugambe murder case was ‘complicated’ but added that the police had good leads.
In March 2013 at Kyanti village, Kyebe Sub-county in Rakai district, Ponsiano Lwakataka is alleged to have resisted arrest by the police which wanted to impound his suspected immature fish consignment. In March 2014 Lwakataka was alleged to have assaulted a police officer, Mikidadi Kabiito attached to Sanje Police post in Rakai when he attempted to impound his trucks that were allegedly carrying immature fish from Kasensero. The police opened up charges of inciting members of the public to beat up the said police officer.
In July 2014 Ponsiano Lwakataka was involved in a scuffle with the army and Fisheries Officers in Kasese as his trucks carrying immature fish were being impounded. After a brief shoot out, he managed to escape. He was arrested from Kampala and transferred to Kasese where he was charged with assault and trading in immature fish and remanded at Mobuku Prison. He reappeared at the court and was granted bail by court but the Police Flying Squad re-arrested him and took him to Rakai to face charges of assaulting a police officer and inciting violence and remanded by the Grade One Magistrate of Kalisizo.
In August 2014 when he reappeared in courts and was granted bail, he was rearrested and slammed with fresh charges of the January 2013 murder of Pastor Mugambe. He was remanded in Masaka prison. Together with his co-accused, they were remanded by the Magistrates’ Court.
In September 2014 Lwakataka was committed to the High Court for trial in the murder of Pastor Mugambe and was remanded to prison where he spent one year and four months. It was alleged that he had hired some people to kill Pastor Mugambe. One of his co-accused, Asuman Muddu pleaded guilty to killing Pastor Mugambe and eight of his family members. He had made an extra judicial statement at the police that together with his colleagues, Zzinda and a Tanzanian, Fangesi had been hired by Lwakataka to carry out the murder. He further revealed that they had been promised 30 million shillings but Lwakataka only paid them two million and refused to pay the balance. Muddu was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment on 9th July 2015.
During the trial of Lwakataka in August 2015, the state produced the convicted, Asuman Muddu to pin Lwakataka. However, Muddu made a U-turn and instead informed court that he had been coached by the police to falsely implicate Lwakataka. He narrated that while in detention at Nkoma police cell in Lwengo district on charges of attempted house breaking, he was approached by a police officer who promised him a lot of benefits in return. During the same trial, The O.C CIID of Kalisizo, Twaha Ssemanda without substantiating, told court that Lwakataka and Pastor Mugambe had been involved in a 500M shilling cocaine deal but had disagreed on sharing the proceeds.
In December 2015, the High Court in Masaka acquitted Ponsiano Lwakataka and his co-accused, Emma Zzinda of murder charges. The state neither attempted to rearrest them as is usually the case nor to lodge an appeal. In November 2016 Lwakataka sued government for malicious prosecution and sought for a 40B shilling compensation. Two weeks later, the family of the slain Pastor Mugambe petitioned the DPP and the Chef Justice challenging the acquittal of Lwakataka and accused the police of ‘obstructing’ investigations.
In January 2016, the last accused, Vincent Fegansi informed court that in August 2013 he had been convicted for illegal entry and sentenced to one year imprisonment or a fine of 300,000 shillings. That he attempted to sell his Black Berry phone so as to raise the fine. In February 2016, the High Court in Masaka acquitted the Tanzanian, Vincent Fegansi.
In January 2017, URA attempted to intercept a Fuso lorry carrying Lwakataka’s fish in Mbarara. His driver abandoned the truck and escaped and URA officers hired a driver to drive it away but Lwakataka appeared from nowhere and allegedly drew his pistol on the truck driver before he took to the wheels.
After a long chase, in which the Police deflated his truck tires, he was arrested and taken to Kabwohe, Sheema District. The DPC is alleged to have released him on Police Bond. Later on, the IGP blamed the police for releasing him before ordering for the rearrest of the DPC, SP Mubangizi and Lwakataka. Shortly after, the IGP announced the revocation of Lwakataka’s gun license and set free SP Mubangizi. Lwakataka faced charges of threatening violence.
In March 2017, his wife and brother were arrested after being found in possession of immature fish. When Lwakataka had gone to pick his wife and brother from court in Masaka town after they had been granted bail, he was brutally arrested by soldiers and whisked to the Masaka police station. At the time, the army at the Mechanised Brigade in Masaka had impounded two truck loads of immature fish which they suspected belonged to Lwakataka.
On 19th March 2017 while speaking at the Virgil of slain police commander, Andrew Kawesi, Museveni told mourners how the police was protecting criminals. He went ahead to give the example of Ponsiano Lwakataka whom he described as a killer who had killed people in Rakai but that the police deliberately compromised evidence in his favour. He went ahead to say that the criminals killing people in Uganda were coming from Congo. He declared thus; “we shall kill or capture them if they don’t want to die they should surrender.” Ponsiano Lwakataka has mustered the Congo route, established contacts and a chain of fish stores inside Congo.
Last week, the army’s Fisheries Protection Unit (FPU) in Kasese under the command of Capt. Isaac Ewaga shot at a Toyota Noah car deflating its tyres and a single bullet in the stomach instantly killed Ponsiano Lwakataka’s driver, Aklam Musajja. The deceases father of two who left an expecting widow was buried in Kabwohe, Sheena. The Toyota Noah heading for the border town of Mpondwe was carrying boxes of fish. The fish boxes were marked with names of different owners from Kalangala district.
Using the list of names found on boxes, the head of the FPU, Maj. James Nuwagaba led an operation in Bufumbira Sub County, Kalangala district to arrest the suspects. Having failed to register the cooperation of the local council leaders, he went ahead to set ablaze the makeshift structures, boats and property of all fishermen in the area. The operation extended to nine other landing sites. Ponsiano Lwakataka is on the run and the army believes he is hiding in Kasese area.
Ponsiano Lwakataka grew up in Kyotera and in the 1980s and 1990s he was actively involved in cross border legal and illegal trade mostly in fish. Basing on the experience he had gained in defensive driving through being chased by law enforcement agencies during smuggling escapades, in 1999 he ventured into motor rallying. He made great success in this industry but did not abandon dealing in fish.
The regional fish trade is mostly between Kalangala district and Congo. The trade route passes through nine districts from Kalangala to the border with Congo. All these districts are manned by different law enforcement agencies who get bribed by the fish dealers. District Fisheries Officers are bribed to a tune of 500,000 shillings for the clearance of a single truck and supplying of information pertaining to law enforcement deployments.
In some cases, the route is characterised by violent confrontations between law enforcement agencies and the dealers. Many traders in Masaka, Rakai and Kalangala deal in fish trade to Congo but Lwakataka has outwitted them because of his extra ordinary bravery, shrewdness and daring in the face of danger. Also, while other fish traders take the fish from fish mongers and pay them after selling in Congo, Lwakataka would first pay the fish mongers half of the buying price and top up the balance upon return from Congo.
There is rivalry among the top fish traders and very senior army officers are reportedly backing different rival groups. When soldiers arrested Lwakataka from court premises in Masaka in March 2017, it was the two conflicting army groups at play. It was show of force between the pro Lwakataka military group from Kampala and the Masaka Mechanised Regiment based group.
Lwakataka has also distinguished himself as a leading Route Manager. A Route Manager is a big fish dealer who transports fish to the market in Congo for a number of small fish traders. With a cost of 1,700 shillings per kg of fish transported, a shrewd Route Manager like Lwakataka can pocket about 100M shillings per month. Such money is enough to fight off any disruptions on the route by bribing army and police officers and to buy influence among top security managers.
Route Managers have connections with top security officers as godfathers. Lwakataka has made a name as a Route Manager who never fails to deliver fish to the market across the border. Among the other Route Managers from Kalangala to Congo is Robert Asiimwe, Hajji Abdul Numba (not clear if he is Numba the Chairman of Banyarwanda in Masaka) and Fulfensio Kavuma (formerly of ISO).
For Museveni, whose survival during the time he was fighting the UPC government in the early 1980s depended on cross border smugglers and masters of the lake, Ponsiano Lwakataka is a potential threat if any wise Ugandan opted to tap into his bravery and experience. More so, the geographical routes (Lake Victoria and Congo) he has mastered are a source of concern to Museveni’s security estimates.
Above all, Ponsiano Lwakataka has never paid allegiance to the regime like all other celebrities and successful business people but he has instead remained independent. What is equally worrying is Lwakataka’s extra bravery and courage to physically bully security officers. In Museveni’s own words; “…. he is putting his finger in the anus of a leopard” and will have to pay a heavy price sooner than later.
In order to improve his international profile, attract donor funding, cover up for his dictatorship, attract forex, blackmail the west and to prepare ground for destabilizing the region, Museveni is running a scheme to host millions of refugees from the neighboring countries of South Sudan, DRCongo, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea. Save for Ethiopia and Eritrea, in all the rest of the countries Museveni is responsible for causing the flight of refugees. Unfortunately, the international community has chosen to keep a blind eye on this. His scheme is succeeding as he recently hosted a high-powered refugee summit to raise funds that attracted even the UN Secretary General.
However, his fake reputation as a provider of ‘safe haven’ for refugees is being unmasked by his own inner circle cadre army Generals. The Minister of Security, Gen. Tumukunde and the Inspector General of Police, Gen. Kalekyezi are involved in a low intensity power struggle. Their bickering has helped bring out a number of behind the scenes rot in the police force to the public domain. Those Ugandans who feel that Gen. Kalekyezi is a liability to the country, have opted to go to the court of public opinion after satisfying themselves that Museveni is fully behind the police chief. That way they don’t aim at pressurising Museveni because he can’t be pressurised but are instead trying to expose the rot. The most recent revelation relating to kidnapping of refugees is damaging Museveni’s ‘refugees’ safe haven scheme.
Around late last week, it became public that a one Ali Kabanda, former member of the notorious police killer squads had run to Museveni seeking both legal and physical protection from Gen. Kalekyezi who is allegedly plotting to kill him for his withdrawal from state sanctioned kidnapping of Rwandese refugees. He went ahead to disclosed how he was officially in a police squad that would hunt down, kidnap and forcefully return Rwandese refugees to Rwanda “to be killed.” He went ahead to reveal that the kidnap syndicate was a well organised network stretching to Uganda’s borders with Tanzania and Kenya from where abducted refugees are safely transited to Rwanda through Uganda.
He further revealed that Rwandese security agents headed by the 1st Secretary at Rwanda Embassy in Kampala, a one Ismail Baguma are actively enjoying state protection in the kidnappings. The whistleblower who wrote to Museveni on 12th May 2017 gave him a two weeks’ ultimatum to act or else he (Kabanda) was to flee into exile. It is over a month now and it is most likely that Museveni was not impressed, was unmoved and ignored the appeal thus the option to go public. However, what is clear is that the information about kidnapping of refugees is 100% accurate but as the source admits he has been meeting Gen. Tumukunde thus the motive for going public can be inferred.
Kidnapping of Rwandese refugees in Uganda is not news. In July 2010 1,700 Rwandese refugees were violently and forcefully returned to Rwanda from Nakivale and Kyaka refugee camps. During the violent and brutal round, up two refugees died and 25 others were seriously injured. In December 2011, a Rwandese Journalist and refugee in Uganda, Charles Ingabire was shot dead in Kampala. Around the same time another refugee, Pascal Manirakiza was kidnapped. Col. Kankiriho and Lt. Col Geoffrey Buryo of CMI were implicated in the kidnap and forced return of Rwandese refugees.
In August 2013 attempts by the police to kidnap and forcefully return a one Joel Mutabazi to Rwanda was foiled at the last minute as he was about to be bundled in a Kigali bound plane at Entebbe airport. Around the same time two other refugees, Emmanuel Kaliisa and Pascal Manirakiza went missing in Uganda.
Three months later the same Joel Mutabazi who had earlier been Kagame’s close bodyguard, was kidnapped by the Deputy CIID chief, AIP Joel Aguma and handed over to Rwanda. Shortly before the incident, in order to ease the kidnap, the police withdrew all the VIPPU personnel who had been providing him security under the UNHCR. The Kampala regime as usual pretended to shed crocodile tears by issuing statements condemning the incident and ‘suspending’ Joel Aguma but nothing was done to this day. Museveni’s son, Gen. Muhoozi was also implicated in the kidnap of Rwandese but the SFC came out to vehemently deny this.
Early this year there were reports that Uganda was harboring Rwandese dissidents. We reacted by publishing an article titled; UNDERSTANDING THE ALLEGED MUSEVENI/KAGAME FRESH FALL OUT. We argued that with Gen. Kalekyezi at the helm of the police and intelligence, Rwanda has a leeway to neutralize such plans in Uganda. Kidnap is a capital offence in the criminal law books of Uganda. Under international law, kidnap and forcefully returning a refugee is a crime against humanity. In 2013 Col. Fenekasi Mugyenyi kidnapped a Congolese refugee, Col. Eric from Kampala and was only rescued at the Uganda/DRC border in Arua as he was being ferried to DRC. Col. Mugyenyi was charged with misconduct instead of kidnap before the Court Martial and later set free marking the end of the story.
For the whistleblower, Ali Kabanda, thanks for the job well done in exposing the rot. However, he shouldn’t expect any protection from Museveni because he approves whatever Gen. Kalekyezi does. Instead, Kabanda should expect the worst to happen to him for being ‘undisciplined’.
In 2001 the then Director of Records, Maj. Sabiiti Mutengesa was persecuted into exile in the UK for unearthing the creation of ghost soldiers by top army Generals.
In 2005 Sgt Gitta Musoke appealed in vain for Museveni’s protection over persecution for the reports he had made over ghost soldiers in the Congo military expedition in 2003.
In April 2014, the then DPC Nansana, AIP Kirumira Muhammad was framed and arrested after he revealed that the rampant armed robberies in Kampala were being masterminded by the big shots in the Police including Directors.
The former Deputy Army Chief, Gen. Charles Angina was axed after he persistently embarked on sanctioning probes in billions of shillings lost in fake ministry of defence contracts. The 2015 76b shillings construction scandal was conclusively investigated but instead Museveni axes Angina and assigned Engineer Badru Kigundu to carry out a fresh probe and that was the end of the story.
In June 2016, ASP Steven Mugarura submitted to Museveni a damming report of how top police bosses including Directors were behind a wave of robberies in the country. Instead, Mugarura is undergoing untold persecution.
In March 2017 Museveni simply acknowledged that the police were infiltrated by criminals and pleaded with Gen. Kalekyezi to clean it up. Shortly after, he renewed his contract.
During the ongoing land probe, it was discovered that a certain Kenyan, Ambrose Murunga Wekesa, formerly with Kenya Police, had been using the police in Nakaseke district to violently evict 100 Ugandan families from the 255 acres of Mailo Land he had acquired. Murunga had been hired by Gen. Kalekyezi as his Technical Advisor and was visibly active during the brutal suppression of Opposition protests in Kampala. Other than Uganda, where else can a foreigner grab land, assault and detain citizens???
For all those who still doubt that Gen. Kalekyezi serves Rwanda’s interests, over to you.