A Ugandan musician and activist and Opposition leader, Robert Kyagulanyi, said that the late afro-beat maestro was a man who lived before his time, and was silenced before the emergence of social media.
He said that Fela had explored music as the most powerful means of communication and as an agent of promoting social change in communities.
Kyagulanyi enjoined African musicians to adequately use their music as tool for effecting change in the society like Fela and Bob Marley did.
” Fela influenced me so much, likewise most of Nigerian authors like late Chinua Achebe and more; this is because they have been able to contribute to societal growth.
” I want African musicians to imbibe Fela’s style of educating and entertaining the populace through his music; musicians have overwhelming power to change the society, they should be conscious of this,” he said.
A night before the last rally in Hoima, I received a call from a friend who works with one of our security agencies. Since he had seen me in Hoima, he had called to warn me not to stay there or at least be in the company of other colleagues at all times while there. He told me that security forces deployed in Hoima had received clear instructions not to permit people from Kampala play any role in the electioneering process on the day of voting. He told me of how I could be arrested or assaulted if I stayed in the district. Since this is an old friend, he went further to assure me that Hoima was a must win for them. Of course, I had occasion to remind him that as a serving officer in our security, he should be non-partisan and not say ‘WE’ shall win. Who were the ‘WE’ in this case? (As everyone knows, it is sometimes difficult to distinguish between NRM the party, the State, security forces, the government of Uganda and the person of President Museveni. We have had the misfortune of all these being intertwined into one entity which I like to call ‘those who rule over us’.)
He told me they would do everything possible to get this election. In a local dialect he said, ‘Bobi Wine aretsire amaani. Nituteekwa kumushara sipiidi’ (Bobi Wine has amassed a lot of support, we must cut his speed.) In saying this, he alluded to the fear the regime got seeing the masses of young people who were following Bobi Wine for the rallies- moreover in rural areas of Hoima. In his words, without ‘people from Kampala’ at those polling stations, the ‘villagers’ would be unable to detect or even prevent rigging and other malpractices which they had planned to engage in. Well, I thanked him for the call and told him I was not staying in Hoima. I also assured him that the election was ours to win before we concluded the conversation.
Well, the day of our last rally, the signs became too clear. As we drove into Hoima, we found that a military police roadblock had been mounted at the entrance to the district. The intention was to intercept the people from Kampala! We decided to avoid the main route and used a murram path that led us into the town. We quickly joined supporters who had gathered at the FDC office and at that point we had a mammoth crowd going towards the rally venue. We all watched videos of soldiers battering young people, who earned their due punishment for wearing red and chanting People Power slogans. In the evening, we got information that plans had been made to arrest Bobi Wine and drive him out of Hoima straight. The intention was to prevent him from going for a radio program, and to cause ‘any further trouble.’ So he used other means to get out of that place and despite looking for him everywhere, they could not find him. It was at that point that they let his car pass through the roadblock and held the others back. Of course thousands of supporters on foot were also blocked from using the road. The security officers bought time and when night fell, those poor people were clobbered as though they had killed an angel. Hon. Zaake narrowly survived this onslaught courtesy of a colleague MP belonging to the NRM. My friend Saasi Marvin wasn’t so lucky. We were told how that same night power was switched off throughout the district, and security forces went from hotel to hotel looking for people from Kampala. Those who were found have their stories to tell. That night and the day after, many arrests were made and until now, some comrades’ whereabouts are still unknown.
It was against this background that the following day, our candidate tried to use whatever human resource was available to prepare for election day. Well knowing that plans were rife to rig the election, it had been agreed that there are a minimum of four agents at every polling station. What the Electoral Commission did was to issue tags to these agents meant for the Kaabong election! When they complained, they were given assurance that the tag would be used the way it was- there had been confusion in transporting the materials. Of course this was a deliberate plot to frustrate the agents. In the evening, the tags were recalled on the pretext of issuing new ones, this time meant for Hoima! That threw the team into total confusion. Bullets were fired, more arrests were made and the people dispersed. The key targets were prospective supervisors and agents! There were also inhouse problems amongst the forces of change, thus limiting the possibility of jointly resisting the blatant rigging attempts. It had been regularly suggested throughout the election period that some people on the opposition side were not only interested in, but working hard to see that Nyakato fails because her win would give so much credit to Bobi Wine and People Power!!
Anyway, what happened on election day has been widely shared and talked about. Many agents of Nyakato were assaulted and driven out of polling stations with impunity. Unlike an ideal election where a candidate will sit home and wait for results, Nyakato and her team spent the entire day running up and down chasing government and private vehicles which were full of pre-ticked ballot papers in favor of the NRM’s candidate. Reports indicate that the stuffing of ballots which took place early morning is unbelievable. The few video recordings which captured pre-ticked ballots under guard do not capture even and inch of what happened. In the night, Declaration Forms while being transported from villages to the main tally center miraculously had results changed. The tally center was raided at some point – supporters took to their heels! By the time Businge was declared winner, the population of had been effectively subdued. At the declaration of those results, there was neither celebration nor jubilation. Once again, those who rule over us had effectively usurped the power of the people. In the aftermath of the sham election, Crispin Kaheru, the Executive Director of CCEDU, an NGO which observed the election and reported about the use of state resources in a partisan manner and irregularities received an email in which he was reminded that in the past regimes such a report would cost him his life. A clear warning was sent!
There are many lessons for us who belong to the People Power movement and to all Ugandans. The intention of the regime was to water down our election strategy. I can imagine what must have happened in a meeting amongst those who rule over us- “We must win this election at every cost,” they must have said. As Andrew Mwenda said on TV a few days ago, the moment voter turnout is high in 2021, it will be game over for the regime. They must do everything to discourage our people from believing in an election! We must not give it to them! Here is another reason- Bobi Wine having effectively beaten the regime in by-elections held in Kigezi, Buganda, West Nile, and Busoga, a decisive victory in Bunyoro would be too much. They had to find a way. From the commentary on social media yesterday, some people are discouraged. They are asking People Power to design another strategy. Maybe we should. But it is important for us not to give up on the strategy which has effectively worked elsewhere, but to learn lessons and respond accordingly.
The second lesson is to the forces of change. We must either come together or decisively decide to work separately but in full unity. If we mean what we profess, this must be obvious to us.
Finally, the people of Uganda must learn that they are on their own! In the wake of another openly, blatantly rigged election, the academics and so called educated elites are quiet. Some of them like Morrison Rwakakamba have come out to defend and celebrate a rigged election! The religious leaders are quiet. Only yesterday, President Museveni was being hosted by some pastor who used the pulpit to ask for financial support from the head of state. Two days earlier, a group of pastors met with him and sang praises to the regime; not for doing God’s bidding but for allowing them operate freely without regulation. We can talk about so many other categories of people. ORDINARY PEOPLE OF UGANDA, YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN AND YOU MUST OWN YOUR OWN REDEMPTION.
We who deeply care for democracy and the rule of law must not be discouraged or give up. It is an incredible coincidence that these events coincided with the release of Bobi Wine’s new song, ‘OSOBOLA’ – You can. Together, we can.’
Under international law, freedom of expression is also protected on the internet and mobile devices. It stands to reason then that the same rights enjoyed offline should be enjoyed online.
There are also protections in Africa. For example, the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights provides that every individual has the right to receive information and to express and disseminate opinions within the law.
The African Commission has also acknowledged the importance of freedom of expression in the digital space. African nations are required by regional law to guarantee the right to freedom of information and expression on the internet.
But these rights aren’t always protected. Take the case of Uganda. Its Constitution protects freedom of expression and the courts have expanded this to include free speech expressed via new forms of technology.
Yet freedom of speech and expression is not a reality in Uganda. The government continues to use domestic laws on electronic communication to crack down on citizens, activists and politicians who criticise the president on the internet.
This is unfortunate. Digital activism in the political sphere is critical. It enables government critics and political activists to hold the government to account. This is clear from the way in which digital platforms like Facebook have been used by opposition politicians. For instance, Robert ‘Bobi Wine’ Kyagulanyi often shares his message on social media when he is barred from traditional media platforms.
Activists in Uganda who use social media find themselves vulnerable to action by the state on a number of fronts.
The first is the country’s defamation laws. While courts in Kenya, Zimbabwe and elsewhere on the continent have held that criminal defamation laws are unconstitutional, in Uganda the state continues to take a hard stance. In 2013 for instance, security minister Muruli Musaka announced the creation of a social media monitoring centre. The aim, he said, was
to weed out those who use it to damage the government and people’s reputations.
Then there is the Computer Misuse Act, under which charges such as cyber harassment and offensive communication can be brought. This has happened frequently against online activists.
For example, in 2016 Swaibu Nsamba Gwogyolonga, a political activist, was arrested and charged with offensive communication. The charge was brought because of a picture he’d posted on Facebook of President Yoweri Museveni lying dead in a coffin.
And in 2017, David Mugema and Jonah Muwanguzi were arrested and charged with offensive communication for posting a song on their social media platforms calling for the resignation of President Museveni.
The most notorious use of these provisions was the recent conviction of Stella Nyanzi. The Makerere University lecturer and human rights activist has a considerable social media following.
She was charged with the offence of cyber harassment after writing a caustic Facebook post in which she called the president “a pair of buttocks” and the first lady “empty-brained”. She subsequently wrote a poem lamenting the fact that the president’s deceased mother had not aborted him.
By using laws such as the Computer Misuse Act, the Ugandan state has criminalised criticism of the president. This runs contrary to the country’s Constitution.
Other laws like the Anti-Terrorism Act are also used to limit freedom of expression. The Act allows the security apparatus to intercept private communication without a warrant while investigating terror activities.
The fear is that the state will brand activists who use social media platforms as terrorists so that it can put them under surveillance.
More than that, the Regulation of Interception of Communication Act allows bona fide interception of communication in connection with the provision, installation, maintenance or repair of a telecommunication service. Ugandan internet service providers are required to ensure that their telecommunication systems are technically capable of supporting lawful interception without it being detectable by users. This is an outright breach of privacy.
The Uganda Communications Act is also problematic. In the run-up to the presidential election in 2006, for example, the government used the provisions of the act – which are to monitor, inspect, licence, supervise, control and regulate communications services – to block access to Radio Katwe because the online station was critical of the president.
The other way in which activists are barred from using social media platforms, and the internet, is through shut downs.
Museveni has on several occasions shut down the Internet and blocked access to social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp.
The Ugandan government has also introduced a social media tax. The idea was initiated by Museveni, who argued that Ugandans were using social media platforms to gossip. The tax was meant to
raise resources to cope with the consequences.
In today’s Internet era the right to freedom of expression, with all its attendant benefits to democracy, is best exercised online. Any limitation or infringement of this right should be viewed circumspectly. These efforts by the Ugandan government to limit online freedom of expression should be resisted as much as possible.
Additional research was done by Solomon Rukundo. He holds an LLB (Hons) from the University of Dar es Salaam, and a Diploma in Legal Practice from Uganda’s Law Development Centre
People Power has got an online based publication (TPA) The Peoples Agency which has assassinated all main political characters within the regime.
There are no available strategies to counter TPA website because majority of internet users in Uganda use VPN.
All secrets of the party and Your Excellency have been excavated to the bone marrow.
The People Power movement has deeply anchored in the entertainment industry.
People Power has carefully avoided double standard politicians.
People Power gets valid insidious intelligence information from online media (TPA). This puts people Power at the advantage of operating at par with the Secret Service.
People Power gets a lot of airplay on credible international radios and Televisions.
The People Power Strategists have escaped all the set traps to commercialize the People Power activism. All proposed and applied efforts have ended futile.
Gen Salim Saleh’s strategy of using Team Kavuyo has boomeranged on the regime. Kidnap, torture and kill is denting NRM image. Social media cannot be controlled neither can the presence of phone camera’s.
TO: THE PRESIDENT
FM: SPECIAL OPS SFC
DT: 16th AUG 2019
SB: SUCCESSION BATTLE REPORT (Summary)
According to Your Excellency, the following topics were given by you to conduct research to aid your decision starting on 1st September 2019 all through until after 2021 General Elections.
Identify any presence of a subterfuge
Identify the individuals behind subversive tendencies
Identify the key opposition figures
Assess the strength of People Power
Spot out the weaknesses of the regime
Individuals eyeing the presidency within government and in the opposition
Each topic has been deeply explored and a summary report here is written in the simplest form accounting for each and every point listed in the research finding.
IDENTIFY ANY PRESENCE OF A SUBTERFUGE
Your Excellency, after a detailed analysis of the research findings, there is a very strong subterfuge running within the regime and it further rents Your Excellency and controls the environment around you. This group has two ambitions namely; to accumulate and control wealth in the country; and then take power from Your Excellency as a measure to protect their primitively accumulated wealth.
How the Subterfuge Operates
They control the investors both foreign and domestic. Note that every investor is processed by this group to get a visa, work permit and investors license. They use them to launder money as well hide their stolen money.
No individual from the public or private sector, be it a foreigner or a national, from security or civilian meets Your Excellency without the knowledge of this group. They not only identify that individual but also seek to know the reason for anyone meeting with you.
This group controls the National Planning Authority as well as the Ministry of Finance, Planning and economic Development. This gives them an upper hand to have fore knowledge on all sectors worthy investing in. So this group prepares in advance to position their companies to supply to the government without any potential competitors.
This group controls all ministers, NRM MPs, heads of institutions, agencies and parastatals. All the names forwarded for vetting in ISO are of their taste and interest and therefore serve their agenda rather than that of the country or Your Excellency.
Contract peddling is what they do best. No one gets a government contract without their approval. For contracts they are not positioned to take by themselves, they act as commission agents.
The group employs all forms of strategies to control all major sectors of the economy. The most challenging one is penetration of the informal sector running the markets, transport, car bonds, auto garages and medium sized shopping arcades.
The group has capacity to cause insecurity, scarcity, and disease aiming to make money out of the problem. They brought the seat belts project, followed by the top light project for all taxi operating vehicles, speed governor project, the periodic vehicle checking project, Boda boda hit squad, Kifesi, Solar battery theft for street lights, theft of transformer oil, foot and mouth disease for cattle, denial of medical supplies to the hospitals, failure of the girls’ sanitary pads project, etc…
NOTE: all the above are inciting the people against the regime but the group is not using political lenses to assess the impact their actions create on the political ground. They have stretched through all institutions of government to make an outlook of a stronger government running in a weak government. They operate in your name Your Excellency.
IDENTIFY THE INDIVIDUALS BEHIND SUBVERSIVE TENDENCIES
These individuals are distributed in three levels namely; the Echelons, the Masters and the Puppets.
People Power is a unique version and outfit which requires a different interpretation and counter approach. Like religion, People Power is an idea capable of asserting itself anywhere and anyhow to whomever even to the least expected.
NRM is built on “strongman” principle contrary to People Power which is built on populism and socio-political fatigue the youth are experiencing today. The following factors apply;
All NRM MPs are scared of losing seats in their constituencies to the explosive and blossoming People Power wave. This has made many MPs to make secret courtesy calls and visits to Bobi Wine. This is a threat to the anticipated NRM success.
Majority of NRM mobilisers are disgruntled following unfulfilled pledges from the previous campaigns.
People Power has got an online based publication (TPA) The Peoples Agency which has assassinated all main political characters within the regime. There are no available strategies to counter the website because majority of internet users in Uganda use VPN. All secrets of the party and Your Excellency have been excavated to the bone marrow.
The People Power funders are not known yet but internal funding signatures are clearly visible. The worst threat is when Ugandans fund the struggle a move which opens gates for a civil unrest and a possible civil war.
The People Power movement has deeply anchored in the entertainment industry. This industry for the last two and a half decades has been a resort for the youth to offload their stress and frustrations and also a safe haven for them to flee from politics. People Power has taken to them the politics a move NRM had never experienced or prepared for.
People Power has carefully avoided double standard politicians. It is evident that People Power gets valid insidious intelligence information and shares similar information to online media (TPA). This puts people Power at the advantage of operating at par with the Secret Service.
People Power gets a lot of airplay on credible international radios and Televisions. The opposite is true to the extent that pro-regime airplay is mainly on UBC which is long forgotten by Ugandans.
The People Power Strategists have escaped all the set traps to commercialize the People Power activisms. All proposed and applied efforts have ended futile.
The west seems to be providing technical intelligence support. Reference to the WSJ documentary exposing government surveillance techniques to the People Power leadership using Huawei.
It is therefore noteworthy stating that the People Power rates at 45% strong even when all means to suppress, constrict and deny political space to People Power activities have been employed maximally. A leveled political ground shall simply humiliate the regime to senselessness.
SPOT OUT THE WEAKNESSES OF THE REGIME
NRM is suffering from political inertia
Corruption has eaten the regime to the core
Gen Salim Saleh’s strategy of using Team Kavuyo has boomeranged on the regime. Kidnap, torture and kill is denting NRM image. Social media cannot be controlled neither can the presence of phone camera’s.
Labor export and commercialization of human body organs is denting the face of the regime across the world.
Unfair trade and taxation has made the regime unpopular in the business sector
Personnel deployment in government has created an outlook of extreme tribalism, cronyism and nepotism.
The reckless utterances of Bush war Generals like Kyaligonza Matayo, Elly Tumwine, Peter Elwelu, Kasirye Gwanga and Otafire are bringing to youth at loggerhead with NRM.
Escalating levels of insecurity has decreased people’s trust in the regime and regime credibility is fast-falling
Poor services delivery at local and central government is backtracking NRM’s fame.
Chinese anti-social behavior reflects back to the regime that brought them. They torture, rape, pay miserably, abusive, and predatory in trade. The public do not trust them. They have taken over market of their previous customers. In trade; Chinese are the manufacturers, suppliers, wholesalers and retailers leaving Ugandans out of the business chain.
Land grabbing is a reason NRM has lost popularity in both urban and rural areas.
Tribalism is practiced by top NRM cadres and they do it in the open.
Bush war veterans in thousands are disgruntled and they are willing to support the opposition to remove your Excellency either conventionally through elections or unconventionally through an armed struggle.
Gross loss of confidence from the general public due to privileged treatment of foreigners at the expense of Ugandans.
Backlog of unfulfilled political pledges by your Excellency. The conspirators have done this deliberately in the craft of Molly Kamukama, Edith Nakalema and Proscovia Nalweyiso.
It is noteworthy stating that NRM is at the weakest.
INDIVIDUALS EYEING THE PRESIDENCY WITHIN GOVERNMENT AND IN THE OPPOSITION
Your Excellency, we report first; Muhoozi Kainerugaba whom you pointed out by yourself to be your favorite successor.
The following are within government but running parallel arrangements and ambitions
Odrek Rwabogo fronted by Your Wife Kataha Janet
Sam Kahamba Kutesa – Second in line
Janet kataha – Third in line
Henry Tumukunde – Fourth in line
Frank Tumwebaze –Fifth in line
Denis Namara – sixth in line
From the Opposition
Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu– national and International favorite
Kiiza Besigye – Second in line
Mugisha Muntu – third in line
AmamaMbabazi – Fourth in line
Jacqueline Mbabazi – Fifth in line
Olara Otunnu – sixth in line
Norbert Mao – Eight in line
We considered only those willing to lose the last drop of blood fighting for your Excellency. 10 out of the 24 names you put forward for vetting passed. These are;
The subterfuge is too strong to undo. It has extended through and across all sectors of the economy and the key players in it are untouchable or if touch, they have capacity to bring about undesirable paradigm shifts.
The list of individuals behind subversive tendencies is not conclusive. The research as directed by Your Excellency stopped at key individuals with power, influence and key roles in holding the regime together and up in power.
The list of the key opposition figures is not conclusive but limited to the boundaries of your request as per the research paper provided by Your Excellency.
The strength of People Power is shapeless like an amoeba. Your Excellency, we are at crossroads and all options available are new and different from all our experiences. All the previous strategies tested on People Power have only proved to be fighting with shadows. People Power is ghostly and ghostly strategies involving research psychology can be effective.
The weaknesses of the regime are severe but we still depend on the fact that information flow in rural areas is relatively slow. We can still lean on rural support to maintain power. We need to concentrate on the drawing board to fill the gaps with effective counter-strategies.
Individuals eyeing the presidency within government and in the opposition are limited to the scope provided by Your Excellency. There are more people in the same vestibule but those mentioned can have a significant impact.
The next cabinet reshuffle should serve to disintegrate the subterfuge conspiracy. Some members should have to be deleted from the list of ministers and be reappointed to positions that force them to undo their previous pursuits.
NRM MPs participating in the conspiracy should be threatened by aligning another candidate for support by Your Excellency. This shall signal to them that you have detected their disloyalty.
Before Your Excellency, everyone has a price. The support staff of the key opposition figures can be compromised with relatively large sums of money (Ugandan standards) to keep flowing insidious intelligence to SFC Special Ops. We shall consistently counter all forms of moves the opposition makes. They shall not have an equivalent financial muscle as Your Excellency.
People Power is significantly strong. Once we drop the Salim Saleh’s Team Kavuyo strategy and simply adopt what the Chinese promised to supply; “A chemical agent that permanently weakens the immunity and muscles of the human body”. All that remains is coming up with a strategy to administer it massively to People Power assemblies and rallies.
It shall be expensive because it involves having a sickly population which cannot work but instead exert pressure on the hospitals there by escalating the health budget. The problem is spilling the secret to western powers that can cause UN sanctions because such a chemical is classified under (WMD)
The regime weaknesses cannot be fixed in this remaining time but with enough of spin doctors, sophists and propagandists, we can control the media hype to deny space for the regime weaknesses to be heard on any media platforms.
There is need to maximize efforts to promote Muhoozi Kainerugaba above all else. This shall call for an enormous budget. There is need to use people publically known to have high credibility targeting both opposition and NRM cadres.
There is need to amend the constitution granting the president a right and powers to appoint a successor to complete his term in office without going back to the polls. This shall pave way for Muhoozi Kainerugaba to be tested as a president without the hustle of canvassing for votes. This needs to be handled with maximum care. Special Ops Team would suggest this be done in 2022 rather than 2020 as earlier suggested by Your Excellency.
There is need to reward loyal cadres ahead of campaigns as a motivation and a strategy to attract new carders. Majority left volunteering for the regime due to unfulfilled presidential pledges and unpaid debts.
The race 2021 is not limited to Ugandans alone but international powers involved directly and by proxies. Where need arises; Your Excellency needs to rely on Russia and China to balance the power from the Western powers. The succession battle is in high gear and all sectors are actively struggling to get visible to the public.
In order to expect the best, we should prepare for the worst as early as yesterday.
Thank you Daily Monitor for this article which highlights some of our thoughts. I must add however, that we shall soon launch our complete agenda for a new Uganda! We have been consulting citizens at different levels seeking their views about the kind of Uganda they want to see when President Museveni’s dictatorship is gone. It is always exciting to see ordinary citizens paint the picture of the kind of country they want to see for themselves and their children. And together, we shall work hard and make that vision come to pass.
Let me also clarify that the headline regarding the death penalty is misleading. My stance was that I am in agreement with several legislators who believe that the death penalty should not be mandatory because that would be abused. In any case, many times people are wrongly accused of offences and convicted! In a functioning criminal justice system, the death penalty is applied in very exceptional circumstances when a convict has gone through a fair trial and there is proof beyond any doubt that the person has committed the most heinous crime(s).
It is so sad that authority was given to these half trained #LDU guys who instead of protecting people and their property are seriously intimidating Killing and abusing our human rights.
Ssengoma was arrested on Sunday on allegations of being idle, beaten up to nearly death, he was later taken to court and unfortunately in the worrying condition he was in due to the beatings, he was sent to Bulaga police station and later taken to court, the court also denied him treatment and decided to send him to prison.
In the process he breathed his last.
It is so evident this #regime’s time is out ! #twebelelemu
Yesterday very many people were truly disappointed by the security officers in Kamuli town. Just because a DJ in one of the clubs was playing Bobi Wine music….
He was taken away for almost two hours and the all club was surrounded and I together with my pals were asked to vacate the place. This is so sad that even simple songs are becoming a threat to the regime. But all in we shall over come.
He is My Mentor my Teacher my MP my inspiration figure my pop star my leader, my everything but above all He’s MY PRESIDENT.
his name is Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobiwine a man who flipped the script of his celebrity life to fight for you to fight for me, he has really done a tremendous job in awakening the masses in Uganda to fight for a better Uganda. Our hopes are aLive because of you Bobi. God bless you Sebo🙏🙏.
We shall do our very best to make sure 2021 kicks off the beginning of the healing of our mother land Uganda with you as our President.
News reaching our desk indicate that One of the supporters of people power has been shot by Uganda Police in Kiliri Ggomba.
Many supporters of Bobi Wine are on the way besides that road waiting for him.
One of the witnesses said police is really determined to shoot and kill.