Local election Observers have warned that the high handedness of Uganda Police and other security agencies against opposition politicians and the public could spark off election violence.

Yesterday police arrested more than 10 Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) officials including the presidential candidate Kizza Besigye, party chairman Wasswa Birigwa, party president Gen Mugisha Muntu, Acting chairperson Joyce Ssebugwawo, FDC women league leader Ingrid Turinawe among others together with other party flag bearers in different electoral positions.

Following the arrest of the FDC politicians, demonstrations erupted in different places around the city center including; Kiseka Market, Najanankumbi, Nateete, Wandegeya and Kawempe. Police and Military Police responded to the demonstrations by firing teargas and live ammunition to disperse the protestors. Media footage showed police brutality arrest people, directly spraying some with teargas.

Crispy Kaheru, the Executive Director Citizens' Coalition for Electoral Democracy Uganda (CCEDU) says during this critical time when the electoral emotions are high, police ought to restrain from being brutal and abusing the human rights of Ugandans as it may fuel electoral violence.

"I think they raise a lot more anxiety and potentially this is the time we should be seeing security agencies, police specifically taking more restrained measures in handling such situations not arrests. At this time you want to tamper the anxieties of people not to flare them. And for me the temptation is, such arrests could end up flaring up, could end up inciting the public which could act in irrational ways. We don’t want to see that", Kaheru said.






The African Police showing off its true colours on the African continent.



Police has been criticized locally and internationally for brutality and abuse of human rights in past by reports from Amnesty International, Uganda Human Rights Commission and other critical bodies.

Dr Martin Mwondha, the National Coordinator Citizens Election Observers Network-Uganda (CEON-U) says, the police despite its past record was expected to help achieve a free, fair and peaceful election which they have failed.

"Police intervention in blocking the movements of any citizen or any candidate is perceived as a big infringement on the rights of people. And that is what not we expect in an electoral process that is free and fair", Mwondha said.

However the deputy police spokesperson Polly Namaye says, they have practiced restraint from arresting people despite being pushed to the limits. Police has maintained that they have not arrested any politician during this election period but rather 'inconvenienced' the illegal activities of the politicians. Media reports and footage, however say otherwise.

"Those who are trying to announce themselves winners of the election at Najjanankumbi were inconvenienced and many of them were taken to their home aboard to ensure that they don’t continue with the press briefing that they were planning to do where they would announce themselves. But we also hope that they have learnt that you can not announce yourself an election winner when people are still voting.

And anyway there is only one instituion that is mandated to announce results - that is the Electoral Commission. When we see the assemblance of people burning tyres definitely we [would] arrest them but at  the moment, No, we have not arrested anybody who was involved in burning tyres and also those who are attempting to burn the [police] vehicle but we hope they don’t do it", Namaye said.

The Military Police in Uganda is still busy blocking Dr Besigye 9 months after  the Uganda General elections:

Dr Besigye using a Boda Boda  motorcycle as a get away from the determined Military Police of Uganda.  He has been stopped from using his car.


By Serestino Tusingwire,

21 November, 2016


The former Forum for Democratic Change presidential Candidate, Dr. Kizza Besigye has been seen in another rare moment this afternoon when he too walked for some distance before getting a boda boda which he used to travel to town for a meeting.

It is alleged that Police blocked his car as he was trying to leave his home in Kasangati for a certain meeting in Kampala, and this prompted him to abandon the car and use his feet leaving the empty car in the hands of police.


Government printer lies neglected. The old colonial building  is in ruins at Entebbe as street publishers flourish:Joseph Kaggwa, the production manager at the Uganda Printing

Here is Joseph Kaggwa, the production manager at the Uganda Printing and Publishing Corporation.

The printing press is covered in dust, a clear sign that the machine has not been used in a long time. Kaggwa blames the flourishing street publishers for knocking UPPC out of business.

By Paul Tajuba


Posted  Monday, March 9  2015

Uganda Printing and Publishing Corporation (UPPC) is stationed at Entebbe.

The Entebbe based government publishing house has no business running and the dust baked machines have become a place of abode for cockroaches and ants.

The wooden doors have seen better days as they have now become food for termites.

These are features that stand out when you go to UPPC. When the publishing house gets some business, the staff there works tirelessly to ensure that the out of use machines do not disappoint.

Back in the day

The Government Printer, as it was called before it became UPPC in 1993, had its glorious days though mainly during the colonial days, Obote and Amin regimes.

At the time, the agency was authorised to disseminate information to different government departments and ministries. Through this avenue, duplications and forgeries were minimised.

The printer also dealt in the printing and publishing of newspapers both in English and local languages, the Uganda Gazette, land titles, scholastic materials and envelopes.

Those who worked at the corporation during the golden days have a message of dire straits - asking government to intervene.

How things got out of hand

Joseph Kaggwa-Mubuya, the UPPC production manager has worked at the corporation for nearly 30 years. He says the troubles of the printer started in 1993 when the agency was turned into a corporation but was never given funding.

According to the 1992 UPPC Act, government is mandated to give UPPC money for its operations but the Act is silent on how much government should submit.

Subsequently, UPPC, though under the office for Presidency, has never received money that could have been used to purchase modern printing machines.

Actually, the “newest” machine at the agency was imported in 1991.

In the 1990s when liberalisation of the economy was at its peak, the printing school at the agency collapsed.

“You cannot trace the history of printing in Uganda from UPPC. It used to be the skills centre where even staff would go abroad to enhance their skills but that is gone,” Kaggwa –Mubuya sadly states.

Gud Mbareba, the printing finishing superviser at the agency says the final blow that UPPC got was in 1996 when there was massive staff retrenchment.

He says, “some of the most experienced people were laid off thus the school had to collapse.”

Rebirth

Some of the axed staff found solace at Nasser Road and it was not long before the groupo had established a printing and publishing empire at the strategically located area.

“All those who first owned printers on Nasser Road are former employees of UPPC because they had the expertise and money to buy modern machines. Now UPPC can’t compete with them” Mbareba says.

While Nasser Road is booming with publishing work, at UPPC silence reigns supreme with the machines lying idle.


MUSEVENI’S PERCEIVED REIGN OF NO END IS GETTING EXPENSIVE BY THE DAY:

By

Kakwenza Rukirabasaija


23September 2016:


Barely half a year into service, the Public has already witnessed unprecedented appetite for dough from the 10thparliament, the ravenousness of which appears to bear blessings of the top leaderships of the institution. The move which started with demand of an amount as much as 300M for self-procurement of none refunded/returnable cars for personal use (or constituencies use to be yellotically correct) has now culminated to expensive mass overseas travels, daily lunch allowances, burial fund and soon dowry fund in that sequence.

The unfortunate development is not being helped by the President keeping his opinions to himself on such matters. The ‘wise’ legislators are interpreting the Presidents silence as careful relation management ahead of the age limit debate. And even if it was so, the gesture is now being censoriously molested.

By all prospects, the legislators are not about to tone down their demands for what they feel is their rightful deserve as long as they continued to view the president as vulnerable opulent man whose political continuity is at their clemencies. When news splurge through the corridors of parliament that Ssekitooleko’s security both while on motion and home has been honked up by special force command; an elite privileged section of our armed forces, they confirmed their long held suspicion of the invisible hands behind “age limit bill”.

It’s at this point that lawmakers seem to have carefully fashioned a move to exploit the opportunity to it apex. Demand for privileges, one after another. And by the time parliament will be done with this constitutional amendment bills, each MP will have pocketed atleast 700M outside their official wage. It’s full blown business of “what do I take….”.

Unfortunately for Ugandans, not even God is about to rescue them and their paid tax. The President is already in a vulnerable position. Legislators have him in their political cage. The speakers, by the reading of their body language seems hesitant to interrupt the lawmakers of whatever they emerges with each day, no matter the financial implications of such hassles on the tax payers and the treasury.

At this pace, it will not be shocking to wakeup to “Presidential Amnesty Bill” in which the lawmakers will be proposing that the president be constitutionally forgiven for all the wrongs he has done while in office as Head of State, and the offenses he is yet to commit while he leads on. And this will not in any way be out of love for President Museveni, but rather to excite him to open the treasury for them. Who wouldn’t want such as law in personal favor any-way.

The gist of the point is that President’s increased susceptibility to parliament owing to his perceived reign of no near end will be the most expensive project the country will have paid for in her 50 years history. May God bless Uganda.

The writer is a Ugandan journalist

Govern-

ment asks for an extra Shs800 billion 

 

Mr Matia Kasaija

Mr Matia Kasaija

By Yasiin Mugerwa


Posted  Monday,

March 9  2015 


IN SUMMARY

In the supplementary request, government would, for instance, spend Shs3 billion on workshops and seminars alone and another Shs4.1 billion on travel expenses.


Uganda Parliament-Wasteful budget requests such as special meals, welfare, workshops, foreign trips and allowances as highlighted in the new government supplementary request have kicked off a fuss in a new budget dispute over the request for an extra Shs800 billion the government urgently needs to cater for “unforeseen emergencies”.

The new request, if approved by Parliament, will increase the 2014/2015 budget from Shs15 trillion to about Shs16 trillion amid complaints that the money is going into consumptive areas.

In the supplementary request, government would, for instance, spend Shs3 billion on workshops and seminars alone and another Shs4.1 billion on travel expenses.

Opposition members have, however, criticised the latest cash request as “a political supplementary request” intended to help the ruling party raise cash to finance its campaigns.

“This supplementary request is suspect. What has been paraded as money for travel abroad, workshops and seminars could be money for campaigns,” said Mr Gerald Karuhanga (Youth Western).

The Budget Committee is expected to convene later this week to start scrutinising Mr Matia Kasaija’s maiden cash request as Finance minister designate.

The rising figures

Even before his swearing-in, Mr Kasaija last week requested for Shs847.2b up from the Shs237 billion requested in 2013/14 financial year.

As a rule, supplementary budgets should be a result of unforeseen actions such as natural disasters. However, in some instances, ministries have asked for more funds in the course of a financial year to deal with recurrent costs such as salaries.

Explaining what looks like a policy-reversal on wastage, ministry of Finance spokesperson Jim Mugunga said: “As a policy, there was an across-the-board hold on non-core international travels and workshops. This was meant to manage available resources then. It does not necessarily make workshops and travel unnecessary in functions of government.”

Deputy NRM spokesperson Ofwono Opondo said the NRM party does not get campaign cash from the Treasury and described Opposition accusations as “cheap political games”.

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Mugisha Muntu andiddemu olukwe  Besigye

By Musasi wa Bukedde

Added 30th May 2016

DR Besigye asinzidde e Luzira n’aweereza obubaka eri Pulezidenti wa FDC. Maj. Gen Muntu nti yamuliddemu olukwe bwe yasazzeewo okulonda akulira oludda oluvuganya mu Palamenti so nga baali bakkaanya nti FDC si yaakumulonda kubanga ekyo kitegeeza nti bakkirizza nga NRM bwe yawangula akalulu ka 2016.

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Dr. Besigye ne Maj. Gen. Mugisha Muntu

DR Besigye asinzidde e Luzira n’aweereza obubaka eri Pulezidenti wa FDC. Maj. Gen Muntu nti yamuliddemu olukwe bwe yasazzeewo okulonda akulira oludda oluvuganya mu Palamenti so nga baali bakkaanya nti FDC si yaakumulonda kubanga ekyo kitegeeza nti bakkirizza nga NRM bwe yawangula akalulu ka 2016.

Ate nga kimanyiddwa nti FDC ye yawangula ku bitundu 52 ku 100. Besigye yali asabye abakugu okuva mu nsi yonna baddemu okutaganjula ebyava mu kulonda bakakase oba ebyalangirirwa bye byali ebituufu.

Muntu ku Lwokuna yalonze omubaka Winnie Kiiza okukulira oludda oluvuganya mu Palamenti.

Kino kyanyizizza Besigye n’abamu ku bakulembeze mu FDC nga bagamba nti okwo kubeera kukkiriza nti Museveni yabawangula so nga Besigye.

Obubaka Besigye yabutisse akulira okukunga abantu mu FDC, Ingrid Turinawe bwe yamukyalidde mu kkomero ku Lwokutaano n’amugamba nti okwo kwabadde kulyamu lukwe kampeyini gye baliko mu FDC ey’okuwakanya gavumenti n’enkola yaayo.

Ingrid Turinawe y’omu ku beetabye mu lukiiko lwa FDC olw’oku ntikko Muntu mwe yasaliddewo okulonda Winnie Kiiza kyokka n’atakkiriziganya na Muntu ng’agamba nti okwo kwabadde kukkiriza nti Museveni yawangula Besigye so nga bo mu FDC bakimanyi nti Besigye ye yawangula okulonda kwa Pulezidenti.

Waliwo ne Bannabyabyufuzi ababala abaakyalidde Besigye e Luzira okwabadde omubaka Allan Sewannyana owa Makindye West ne Kansala ku KCCA Muhammad Ssegirinya nabo n’abagamba nti si musanyufu n’akatono olw’ekyakoleddwa Muntu.

“Dr. Besigye yatugambye nti Muntu bwe yamukyalira e Luzira bakkaanya nti FDC si yaakulonda akulira oludda oluvuganya kubanga okwo kuba kukkiriza nti Museveni yawangula”, Ssegirinya bwe yategeezezza.

Yagasseeko nti ekyasinze okuluma Besigye, ye Muntu okulonda akulira oludda oluvuganya nga tataddeewo bukwakkulizo okuli n’okusooka okuyimbula Besigye. Abamu ku ba FDC baagambye nti ensonga enkulu gye balina okukolako ya kuggya Besigye Luzira gye yaggaliddwa ku misango gy’okulya mu nsi olukwe.

Muky. Winnie Kiiza eyalondeddwa yategeezezza Bukedde eggulo nti guno si gwe mulundi ogusoose abakulembeze mu FDC okubaako n’ensonga ze batakkaanyako kyokka n’agamba nti kino nakyo bajja kukimaliriza nga bwe bazze bakola ebirala.

N’agamba nti abakulembeze abamu mu FDC okuli ne Mugisha Muntu balowooza nti Palamenti tulina okugyeyambisa mu lutalo lwe baliko okununula Uganda nga bayita mu kuwakanya gavumenti ya NRM n’enkola yaayo.

N’agattako nti okumulonda tekitegeeza nti FDC yakkirizza okulondebwa kwa Museveni wabula ekifo kino kigenda kuwa FDC omwagaanya okutwala mu maaso kampeyini ey’okuwakanya Gavumenti.

Okulonda Winnie Kiiza kyaddiridde Sipiika Rebecca Kadaga okuwandiikira FDC ng’abasaba okuweereza erinnya ly’akulira oludda oluvuganya obutasukka May 25. Muntu mu buyinza bwe nga Pulezidenti wa FDC yalonze Winnie Kiiza ate ekifo kya Nnampala w’ababaka abooludda oluvuganya n’akiwa Ibrahim Semujju.

Wabula Muntu yannyonnyodde nti kye kiseera FDC okukkiriza nti NRM ne Museveni be bali mu buyinza, era ekibiina kirina okugenda mu maaso.

“ Tulina okukkiriza nti NRM yawamba obuyinza era tulina okukigumira, tutwale ekibiina mu maaso, kino tekitegeeza nti NRM ye yawangula okulonda. Ffe twabbibwa naye tulina okutwala ekibiina mu maaso”, Muntu bwe yagambye.

FDC ezze essaawo obukwakkulizo okugeza baalangirira obutaddayo kwetaba mu kulonda kutegekeddwa kakiiko ka Badru Kiggundu okuggyako nga wassiddwawo enkyukakyuka ne kalema okulondebwa Museveni kubanga assaako bantu be. Enkyukakyuka tezaakolebwa kyokka buli kulonda bakwetabamu.

Political Parties in Uganda reject the  EC use of national ID register as NRM government prepares another rigged national election for 2016:

Gen David Sejusa (R) with the vice chairperson of People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Dick Odur (2nd R) address the press at PPP offices in Ntinda yesterday.

PHOTO BY ABUBAKER LUBOWA

By Winnie Tabitha & Albert Tumwine


Posted  Wednesday, April 29   2015

 

Kampala,Uganda, The Opposition has rejected a move by the Electoral Commission (EC) to use data collected during the compilation of the national identification registration exercise to update the national voters’ register ahead of the 2016 general elections.

Speaking at separate events, various political party leaders said the national ID registration exercise was full of errors and as a result, most Ugandans were not registered.

Addressing a news conference at the DP party headquarters in Kampala yesterday, the party spokesperson, Mr Kenneth Kakande, said: “Many people on the national register did not register for the national IDs and that means if the EC uses the ID project register, many Ugandans are going to be disenfranchised,” Mr Kakande said.

Addressing journalists during the party’s weekly press conference on Monday, Forum for Democratic Change spokesperson John Kikonyogo expressed dismay at the way EC is handling the entire exercise.

“We have failed to get an explanation from the EC on why the old register was discarded and we want them to tell us how those people they are adding to the list applied,” Mr Kikonyogo said.

Democratic Party (DP) secretary general Mathias Nsubuga said the EC should use the previous register. He claimed the Opposition has evidence to the effect that more than 3,000 people appearing on national ID register are not Ugandans.

Uganda Media Centre executive director Ofwono Opondo, however, defended the EC, stressing that whatever is being done is within the law.

EC spokesperson Jotham Taremwa, said the government made the decision that all government departments should use the collected national voters’ data banks for future purposes.

Meanwhile, former coordinator of intelligence services, Gen David Sejusa has said there is no point in going for an election that will be “stolen”.

Mr Sejusa said the criteria of registering voters did not put into consideration verification of citizens.

“You were all registered, but what system was used to establish that you are a citizen of this country? How many of you were asked for a birth certificate, none!” Mr Sejusa said.

Article 61 (e) of the 1995 Constitution mandates the Electoral Commission to compile, maintain, revise and update the national voters register (the same is repeated under the EC Act Section 18).

But Parliament this year passed the Registration of Persons Bill that establishes a national identification register of all persons in Uganda and provides for access and use of the information contained in the national identification register.

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The day Museveni guards invaded parliament:

October 4, 2017

Written by Ssemujju Ibrahim Nganda

MP Ssemujju Ibrahim Nganda

 

 

 

 

Today marks a week since Gen Yoweri Museveni’s Special Forces Command (SFC) invaded parliament.

The invasion may have happened seven days ago, but because of what I went through, it is like it happened yesterday. Gen Moses Ali had warned me that by wearing a red hat and a ribbon, those of us opposed to the life presidency project had made our arrest easier.

Gen Ali told me that when former President Milton Obote sent his forces to arrest errant ministers, they took more people than were ordered.

Because of my position (chief opposition whip), I sit on the front bench in parliament on the left-hand side of the speaker. Moses Ali, being a second deputy prime minister, sits on the opposite side facing me.

We routinely chat before beginning of parliamentary sittings as we did on Tuesday September, 26, a day before the invasion. Neither Gen Ali nor I predicted that the invasion would be as brutal as it played out before cameras.

Rebecca Kadaga, the speaker of parliament, read out 25 names of MPs she accused of disrupting the previous day’s proceedings and suspended them.

This was no ordinary suspension because right behind her seat, a group of tens of SFC soldiers were waiting to execute Kadaga’s order. The order was that all those whose names had been read should be ejected from parliament. She suspended parliament for 30 minutes to allow SFC storm the chambers where we sit.

Although my name was not read, I was the first victim. Parliamentary policemen grabbed me by my protesting hands and dragged me to the room behind Kadaga’s seat.

Here they just threw me on the ground. I am lucky I didn’t fall on my face. Then SFC took over. Kamata is the word I heard their commander shout. I will be lying if I told you that I saw the faces of those that grabbed me from the ground.

One of these men folded his hand around my neck. His colleague pulled the hand as if it was a rope. They then started kicking me as they dragged me out of this room. They dragged me out using the back doors the public uses to access parliament.

Near the security check, I saw the officer in charge of the parliamentary police nearly in tears pleading with Museveni guards not to strangle me. My neck had been squeezed and I couldn’t utter even a word.

They adjusted the strangling and I was able to plead with Mwesigwa, who commands Kampala Metropolitan Police. He was the one in charge of the operation outside the parliamentary chambers.

Janet Kataaha Museveni’s chief bodyguard, a woman I think called Charlotte, was the one commanding the SFC team inside parliament. I think she was using her knowledge of parliamentary geography she acquired while escorting Kataaha there the time she was an MP for Ruhaama.

Mwesigwa told the SFC goons that were strangling me to pull me by the trousers, not the neck. Mwesigwa had sealed off the roads around National theatre where he parked all kinds of police vehicles. They dragged me and threw me in the mpawo atalikaaba van, one we have nicknamed Besigye prison.

It was the other people’s turn. Denis Lee Oguzu, MP for Maracha in West Nile, shortly followed me. Like me, his name also had not been read but his crime was to wear a red cap.

He was dragged the whole stretch of the access walkway and thrown into the van. Muhumuza, the man who made his name by trailing and commanding Besigye’s arrests, is the one who received us. He described Oguzu Lee as a very powerful man. Dragging him was real work!

Next to be brought was Kampala Central MP Muhammad Nsereko. There was already a swelling on his head. He told me they had hit him with an iron bar-like metal. He pleaded with Muhumuza to find him ice or cold water in vain.

They then brought Aruu South MP Samuel Odonga Otto who was followed by Gerald Karuhanga, the MP for Ntungamo municipality. Karuhanga was in bad shape and could not breathe.

Muhumuza turned into a savior, ordering him to breathe in and out, which worked!

Lwemiyaga MP Theodore Ssekikubo was brought in and thrown into our van. Then those short men brought in Mityana municipality MP Francis Zaake.

He was already unconscious. They threw him in and he immediately started kicking, like someone gasping for air or breathing his last.

We momentarily forgot the Muhumuza order of not conversing in his vehicle and made an alarm. That Muhumuza fellow simply folded Zaake’s legs and ordered the driver to ignite the engine.

Mwesigwa overruled him and ordered that Zaake be removed from our van. He was carried in the hands of a single operative and driven away in a double-cabin truck.

Ssekikubo was removed from our van because of congestion and taken into another pickup truck. Off we went. Our destination was Naggalama police station. I will start from there next week and discuss the repercussions of this raid.
 
The author is Kira Municipality MP and spokesperson of the Forum for Democratic Change.

 


The Uganda Inspector General of the Military Police, General Kale Kayihura.

Police chief Gen Kale Kayihura has ordered all detectives to sit pre-entry exams before redeployment.

According to sources within the police, Kayihura also ordered that any officer joining the directorate of Criminal Investigations and Intelligence(CIID)must have a minimum qualification of Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (Senior six).

Constables who perform tasks such as recording of statements from suspects, taking fingerprints and visiting scenes of crime must have a minimum of Senior Six plus any law-related course, according to the new guidelines. A constable is the lowest-ranking police officer.

For officers who prefer charges against suspects and supervise constables, Kayihura said they must have a degree in law and at least some experience of more than three years in intelligence-gathering. Such officers must be at the rank of assistant superintendent of police (ASP) and above.

A police officer attached to CIID headquarters in Kibuli, who preferred anonymity, said the new guidelines require all officers in charge of criminal investigations at police stations (OCIDs) and their deputies to have law degrees and to have done more than four courses in intelligence-gathering.

Around 600 detectives are expected to start a six-month pilot training project in due course.

“We are planning to train at least 2,000 CIID officers but we shall be taking them in batches of 600,” the source said.

Officers will undergo an induction course, law, and military training, among others.

“All detectives who have spent more than 10 years in CIID without any course have to go for that training,” he said.

On Monday, Andrew Felix Kaweesi, the police spokesman, confirmed the new guidelines.

“It is very true the inspector general of police ordered us to streamline the directorate of CIID and also make sure we have standard investigators,” he said.
Kaweesi said all detectives will attend an induction course at Kabalye police training school.

After the first course, detectives will also write pre-entry exams.

“Officers who fail pre-entry exams will not be deployed in CIID,” Kaweesi said.
“After the course, officers that lack the minimum requirement of Senior Six will be deployed in other departments like field force police and general duties, among others, but not CIID,” he added.

According to our sources, Kayihura was forced to act after realising that many criminal cases in the courts are lost because of failure by the police to gather good evidence.

“Most of the investigators that we have in the police have no knowledge of the law and cannot even gather good evidence, which judges and magistrates can use to convict criminals,” a source quoted Kayihura as telling CIID personnel during a meeting last week.

“This is why police has lost most cases in court,” he told them.

Kayihura reportedly added that some CIID officers prefer wrong charges against offenders and cases end up being dismissed by judicial officers.

“How can we have someone in CIID who cannot prefer the right charge against a suspect? Such people must be pulled out from that directorate,” Kayihura reportedly said.

Kayihura is further said to have told the meeting that some CIID officers are more interested in soliciting bribes from the public than gathering good evidence to pin criminals in court.

However, one detective who has been lined up for training blamed his superiors for some of the CIID inadequacies. He said at times detectives do a good investigative job only for their bosses who might have a vested interest in the case to interfere.

President Museveni has in the past decried the police’s investigative weaknesses, at one time deriding them by saying their methods are outdated. The police, he joked, are fond of asking, Ani amulabyeko? (who has seen him/her) while pursuing offenders, which is not an effective approach.

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Ani yamulabye ko: means: Who are the witness on this case? Legally one cannot see any thing wrong with that surely in these times of Security Cameras covering the world over. A court of Uganda these days that seeks to encourage reconciliation between African communities other than attending to all sorts of minimal bye-laws must encourage the African police to be part of that African community.

Those days are gone when a police man in the middle of Continent Africa had to come from the middle of Europe with all the European academic qualifications in his palm.

After 30 years, the President of Uganda is still promising his people an economic miracle to transform their incomes ten fold by 2020?

President Museveni delivers his State-of-the-Nation address in Kampala on Tuesday. In the background is Speaker Rebecca Kadaga (L) and Chief Justice Bart Katureebe.

 

PHOTO BY ERIC DOMINIC BUKENYA 

By Solomon Arinaitwe


Posted  Sunday, June 5   2016 
 
To pull off his flagship project of achieving a middle-income status by 2020, President Museveni used his inaugural State-of-the-Nation address in his fifth elective term to unveil a raft of five priority areas that he will put emphasis on turning around the economic fortunes of Uganda.

According to the World Bank, middle-income economies are those with a Gross National Income (GNI) per capita of more than $1,045(Shs3.5m) but less than $12,736(Shs42m). This is where Mr Museveni says Uganda will be in five years. In East Africa, Kenya is the only country with middle-income status.

To achieve this ambitious feat, Mr Museveni has promised to plug what he called “money haemorrhage” by attracting and incentivising investors to improve the local manufacturing industry and partner with EAC members to curb resource outflow.

Mr Museveni also vowed to fight corruption among the political leaders and the public servants and lashed at government officials that delay investment projects. Transforming Uganda to middle-income status by 2020 was Museveni’s campaign message and he repeated it when he claimed the out-going Cabinet “nearly took Uganda” to middle-income status.

Figures from the 2015/2016 National Development Plan (NDP), whose strategic goal is to transform Uganda to middle-income by 2020 with a per capita income of Shs3.4m, indicate that per capita income currently stands at $788 (Shs2.6m). This means every Uganda is earning Shs2.6m annually.

Poverty will have to be reduced from the current 19.7 per cent to 14.2 per cent, according to the National Development Plan. The NDP says this can be achieved through strengthening competitiveness for sustainable wealth creation, employment and inclusive growth.

Greeted with cynicism
But Museveni’s vows were greeted with cynicism, with many wondering whether a country with an average income of Shs2.7m will be able to turn it around to a minimum of Shs3.5m over the next five years.

For all the promises that Mr Museveni made, it was the promise to tackle corruption that was greeted with the most of cynicism. An inquiry into the Uganda National Roads Authority that discovered that at least Shs4 trillion was stolen by more than 90 officials is Mr Museveni’s new trump card.

He has vowed to hunt down those thieves – whom he called endangered species – with the fury of a muyekera (rebel). But with rough estimates that Uganda loses Shs510 billion in procurement related deals a year, Mr Museveni will be closely watched by sceptics who bet that his threats are empty rhetoric.

Ms Cissy Kagaba, the executive director of the Anti-Corruption Coalition Uganda (ACCU), a coalition of activists that track government corruption, says there is no need to be optimistic with Mr Museveni’s repeated vows to tackle graft.

“The President has been talking and talking [about fighting corruption] with very little action. He talked of ministers that ask favours from investors – that means he knows the people. Why are they still free? We cannot achieve middle-income status with corruption. What is supporting the regime is patronage and corruption and that’s why he can’t fight corruption,” Ms Kagaba says.

To achieve the near impossible feat, Mr Museveni promised to battle with the 68 per cent of the homesteads that are still engaged in subsistence farming by emphasising the sale of fruits, micro-irrigation, using solar-powered water pumps and concentration on three main fruits.

But questions still linger whether that will be enough to transform Uganda to middle-income by 2021.
Uganda’s economic prospects, according to the latest projection by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), are very bleak. The May 3 IMF economic outlook for sub-Saharan Africa indicated that economic growth for countries such as Uganda will be 3 per cent below the 6.2 per cent required to propel the country to middle-income status by 2020.

“After a prolonged period of strong economic growth, sub-Saharan Africa is set to experience a second difficult year as the region is hit by multiple shocks. Growth this year is expected to slow further to 3 per cent, well below the 6 per cent average over the last decade and barely above population growth,” IMF said in its economic outlook.
Prof Augustus Nuwagaba, an economic consultant who has worked with the Finance ministry, says transforming a country to middle-income status requires mainly three things; inculcating that vision into the whole population, financing and planning.

“You must have a buy in. Everyone in the country must be aware of the vision to transform to middle-income status. How many people have bought that idea and are willing to change their attitude towards the country and their attitude towards work?” Prof Nuwagaba says.
Prof Nuwagaba says for countries that rapidly transformed like South Korea, Malaysia and Mauritius, people were all working in that direction.

Government has clearly done little in the line of marketing Mr Museveni’s vision of transforming the country to middle-income status. Save for random mentions during the campaigns, there is no deliberate process of publicising the plan and making people work towards it.

Unrealistic
Dr Fred Muhumuza, an economist who has previously worked with Bank of Uganda, says the timeline of achieving middle-income by 2020 is “unrealistic” because even if the right “inputs” were put into the economy, they have to be given time to bear fruit.

On the policy front, the government has to do more to tackle the outflow of money and the high interest rates, says Dr Muhumuza, if investors are to be attracted.

“What is the government doing to lower interest rates? For interest rates to be lowered, the government has to scale down its appetite for money,” Dr Muhumuza says.

Mr Museveni acknowledged the problem of exorbitant interest rates during his address, proposing that the Uganda Development Bank (UDB) will be capitalised so that it gives low interest loans to agriculture and industry (manufacturing).

“Even when the inflation rate is 5 per cent, the banks lend at 23.5 per cent as of now. It is these commercial banks that are fuelling the craze of importing by giving endless loans to importers,” Mr Museveni said.

Mr Julius Mukunda, the coordinator of the Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group (CSBAG) says the ray of hope in Mr Museveni’s address was his promise to put an emphasis on the local manufacturing sector, which he says is achievable.

“You will never develop a country if you cannot protect your own industries and conform to the import substitution strategy. Why, for instance, do we have to import toothpicks and match boxes? It has come at the right time and it is achievable,” Mr Mukunda says.
To prop up the local manufacturing industry, government institutions like the army and police, which are some of the leading consumers, would buy locally made products.

The President said Uganda is currently “donating” to India, China, UAE, Japan, EU and USA a total of $5.528 billion (Shs18.5 trillion) per year. For this money, importation of textiles accounts for $888 million (Shs3 trillion), leather goods $0.22 million, fruit products $20.2 million (Shs67 billion) and second hand cars $568.7 million (Shs1.9 trillion).

But Mr Museveni did not tell us why the government is the leading importer, effectively shooting itself in the foot.
“If you look at the import data, government is a leading importer. And the imports will make the exchange rate higher and crowd out the private sector and no investor will come to a country with high interest rates no matter how good the roads are,” Dr Muhumuza, an economist, says.

Manufactured exports as a percentage of total exports currently stand at 5.8 per cent, and the goal of the National Development Plan is to increase them to 19 per cent.

The National Export Development Strategy (2015/16-2019/20), which was unveiled last year, encourages tax incentives to companies adding value to products, reducing administrative barriers to export of raw materials, government investment in value addition, quality assurance and assisting SMEs in the process of product certification.
Mr Mukunda says the ray of hope in Mr Museveni’s speech was his promise to put an emphasis on the local manufacturing sector, which he says is achievable.

But Mr Mukunda does not agree with Museveni on the policy of importing knock down cars to assemble cars from here. In his address, Museveni argued that importing a car in a knockdown state and is assembling it here is 25 per cent cheaper that importing an already used car.
But Mr Mukunda says Uganda does not have comparative advantage in importing cars and it should instead focus on sectors like agriculture.

“We do not have a comparative advantage in assembling cars; we should leave that to the Japanese. We have gorillas, Japan does not have them. We can plant our cereals which many countries cannot,” Mr Mukunda says.

 

 

What is left of The Civilian Police of Uganda these days is only their uniform:

Written by Ssemujju Ibrahim Nganda
 
Created: 27 April 2016
 
     The Police men as military sentries alongside the civilian population.
 
The Military General, Kale Kayihura was appointed Inspector General of Police (IGP) in November 2005. His appointment coincided with the return of Col Dr Kizza Besigye from exile in South Africa.

Dealing with Besigye whose popularity soared beyond expectation, therefore, became Kayihura’s first major assignment. I think even in his own estimation, Kayihura never thought Besigye will become a daily and almost permanent assignment.

And it is understanding why Besigye has become a permanent assignment that both Kayihura and his boss will find a solution and permanent answer. To his credit, police has grown in numbers, budget, equipment and Kayihura. Eleven years ago when Gen Edward Katumba Wamala was at its helm, the force was just about 18,000.

Today, under Kayihura, the force has grown to over 60,000. The police annual budget has also increased from about Shs 150bn to over Shs 500bn this year. The equipment acquired has been on the display for all to see. Even what we thought belonged to the military, today police has.

Kayihura has become the first police boss with unlimited access to the military. He occasionally deploys both the military and police as if they are a single unit. In fact, when they recently surrounded my house, Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) was being commanded by police. And these days, police officers are made to undergo military trainings.

Haruna Isabirye, the new director of operations, returned recently from Nairobi, where he did I think a National Defence College course. This course is done by high ranking military officers, from colonel and above in some countries. Therefore, militarization of the force has been completed. The Uganda Police Force will remain a military outfit for a long time. What has remained police is the uniform.

We're identifying Kale Kayihura's terrorists one by one; this one is called Tandeka Rwabwere. He comes from Butembererwa Kenshunga, Kiruhura District. He is an Iraq returnee.

 

But what is most important for me, and it is the theme of this article, is the loyalty of the policemen. From his action, it appears Kayihura’s other assignment was to mold a force that is more loyal to the regime than the country. That is why the number of recruits from western Uganda dramatically increased.

Both the president and his queen also started recommending both recruitment and deployment into the force. All over a sudden, Runyakitara become a dominant language in police like it has become at many public workplace. Most of the prominent divisional and district police commanders (DPCs) were to be drawn mainly from the west. These days, we speak less about it because it has also become permanent.

The president had complained that between him and a jerrycan, police would vote for the former. Making police vote for mzee was, therefore, a legitimate target. But in the February 18 general elections, the police didn’t vote for the jerrycan but Col Besigye.

Besigye won at all the three Naguru polling stations near the police headquarters and inside the big residence of officers and men. What followed was a big purge.

First, meetings were held to investigate why police that has been built by Kayihura for the last 11 years changed its mind and turned the back against mzee. Some officers claimed on the voting day, they were in the field supervising elections, and therefore, didn’t vote from Naguru. Those who voted for Besigye are, therefore, members of their families, who are civilians.

An order to clear all civilians from barracks was, therefore, issued. Some officers pleaded with us on the committee on defence and internal affairs to help. The order meant separating parents from their secondary school-going children.

All “self-help” small houses constructed in Naguru barracks were demolished or ordered to be demolished. There was fear the barracks had been sold, which is also possible? I don’t know where that cleansing exercise has reached.

But just a few days ago, I received a call from The observer for a comment on claims by police spokesperson, this Enanga man, that Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has planted spies in the force. That, as a party, we are planning to attack police posts with the guidance of our spies in the force! That is now an interesting one!

And it takes me back to the point I made earlier about Besigye. Both the president and Gen Kayihura think Besigye and FDC are the real enemy and problem. The truth is that everybody who cares for Uganda has or is about to become an enemy. Kayihura and his boss will soon realize that they are surrounded by enemies.

The solution, therefore, doesn’t lie in rescreening the police force again, but in doing the inevitable, and that is handing over the people’s power to a new set of human resource. Once that is done, the military will return to barracks and we will require fewer funds to procure armoured vehicles for policing.

Taking soldiers away from the population is what this regime preached in the past. It is the reason Lubiri was handed over, and soldiers taken to Kakiri and Bombo. They are now back on all hills in Kampala and open spaces. The centre cannot hold any more.

semugs@yahoo.com

The author is Kyadondo East MP.

 

 

Junior police officers want senior commanders charged for ordering the beating of Dr Besigye supporters, writes JOHNSON TAREMWA.

The charging in the police disciplinary court of only lowly-ranked police officers in the beating of Col Kizza Besigye’s supporters in Kampala last week has angered the rank and file in the force.

On Monday, five junior officers and one crime preventer captured on camera appeared before the court to answer two counts of unlawful or excessive use of authority contrary to the Police Act and discreditable or irregular conduct. They were later released on police bond. The accused are Willy Kalyango, 25, Sula Kato, 43, Kennedy Muhangi, 38, Moses Agaba, 33, Robert Wanjala and Dan Tandeka, 33.

The chairman of the court, Denis Odongopiny, read the charges. On conviction, the officers face dismissal from the force or demotion. However, the appearance in court of only lowly-ranked policemen has angered their colleagues who felt their bosses should have been arraigned and also charged.


Four junior police officers and one crime preventer in a police court

Police chief Kale Kayihura last week castigated his senior commanders and ordered an investigation into the conduct of five of them. Interestingly, the commanders under scrutiny appeared alongside Kayihura during the July 14 press conference at Naguru.

They included Andrew Kagwa, the regional police commander for Kampala East, James Ruhweza, who heads operations in Kampala Metropolitan; Kampala North regional police commander Wisely Nganizi and his deputy Geoffrey Kahebwa.

Moses Nanoka, the Wandegeya division police commander, was also there. Captain Eric Kagina, the head of investigations in Special Forces Command (SFC), recorded a statement with the Professional Standards Unit.

But when it came to court, only lowly-ranked officers were arraigned and charged. Some of the police officers interviewed after the Naguru court hearing on Monday said it was wrong and unfair to punish only junior officers.

“I don’t see the reason why officers were charged because the IGP had praised his commanders for beating FDC supporters and why now charge his juniors in court?” one senior police officer said.

He added that Gen Kayihura should have shielded the juniors from court as well. “Why do you defend the commanders and charge the juniors yet they all work for the same force?” he added.

He said the commanders who issued the orders, which the juniors followed, must be held accountable. “The juniors can be charged for disobeying lawful orders, but not implementing lawful orders,” one officer in the force’s legal department said.

“First of all, in police we work on orders and command and those officers who were charged worked on orders and incase the order is criticized, the one who issued it takes the blame,” the same officer said.

The officer added that if juniors are punished or charged in court for implementing their bosses’ orders, that means they are telling them to resign from the force.
Interviewed shortly after court, one sergeant said, “Our bosses ordered our colleagues to beat the FDC supporters and they implemented the order; why charge them, and not the bosses?”

“We don’t have justice in the force because if we disobey lawful orders from our superiors, it is a serious offence in the force and now if we implement lawful orders from our bosses, we are also charged; so, where are we safe in the force?” another junior officer said.

OPPOSITION SPEAKS

Interviewed for a comment yesterday, Wafula Oguttu, an FDC official and former leader of opposition in Parliament, said by telephone: “We expected commanders and Kayihura in court because they issued orders of beating our supporters and now why are they charging the juniors who were innocent?” he said.

He said the videos the party has, show Aaron Baguma, the divisional police commander for Kampala Central police station, and Andrew Kagwa, the regional police commander for Kampala South, beating people yet they did not appear in court.

“If police fears to charge the commanders, we shall take them on as individuals in public courts because we have evidence against them.’’

Kayihura came out strongly last week to condemn the actions of some officers and defend his commanders after a public outcry in the aftermath of the beatings. Speaking during a hastily-convened press conference Gen Kayihura said police had opted for batons and water cannons as the tools of choice for dispersing demonstrators instead of tear gas, live and rubber bullets.

Interviewed for a comment on the charging of only junior officers, Polly Namaye, the deputy spokesperson, said the disciplinary court of police only tries officers from the rank of Constable to Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP).

She said the disciplinary court cannot punish officers at the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) and above. To do so, it must get the nod of approval from the Police Authority, which is headed by an Assistant Inspector General of Police, the third-highest-ranking officer in the force.

Most of the police commanders under investigation are at the rank of assistant superintendent of police to assistant commissioner, which places them outside the jurisdiction of the police court.

 

Inspector General of the Uganda Police, Mr Kale Kayihura.

Gen Kale Kayihura, the inspector general of police, has said many police officers are stressed, which affects their productivity.

Stress, according to the Macmillan dictionary, refers to a worried or nervous feeling that stops one from relaxing, caused, for example, by pressure at work, financial or personal problems.

“The biggest problem security officers face is stress and part of it is at home with the wife and children. So, if you can have a way of reducing stress from family, you will be contributing a lot to enhancing the performance of officers,” Kayihura said recently at police headquarters, Naguru.

The IGP was receiving donations worth Shs 130m from the Chinese ambassador Zhao Yali. They included 10 new motorcycles, 200 smart phones, 50 mattresses, balls and T-shirts.

Kayihura thanked China for helping to build government institutions. The police boss said he wants to improve the use of technology in police.

“Most police officers have got smart phones and they link up with neighbors through WhatsApp, which has helped police fight crime,” he said, adding that they must mainstream media technology and use it to build bigger systems to fight cyber-crime and terrorism, among others.

Andrew Felix Kaweesi, the police spokesman, said the donated items will help to fight crime, especially in rural areas.

 

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They are basirukale indeed. Why spend much of their easy community jobs hitting and beating up their own sisters, wives and brothers to hospitals and prisons?

 

Abaserukale be Kampala abeyongera buli kadde okutekebwa kumirimu tebalina wakusula:

By Eria Luyimbazi

Added 1st October 2016

 

POLIISI ya CPS egobye abaserikale abaali baasindikibwa okukolera mu bitundu ebirala ababadde balemedde mu mayumba gaayo Ekikwekweto kino kyakulembeddwaamu DPC wa CPS, Joseph Gwayido Bakaleke oluvannyuma lw’okukizuula ng’abamu ku bantu ababadde basula mu mayumba agali emabega wa CPS bwe baagalemeddemu ng’ate waliwo abaserikale abaaleeteddwa abalina okugabeeramu.

 

Abaserikale nga bagoba family eyabadde egaanidde mu nnyumba za Polisie ezitamala wano e Nsambya. Enyumba zino zazimbibwa Bazungu abaali bafuga Uganda mumyaka gya 1940/50/60.

 

POLIISI ya CPS egobye abaserikale abaali baasindikibwa okukolera mu bitundu ebirala ababadde balemedde mu mayumba gaayo Ekikwekweto kino kyakulembeddwaamu DPC wa CPS, Joseph Gwayido Bakaleke oluvannyuma lw’okukizuula ng’abamu ku bantu ababadde basula mu mayumba agali emabega wa CPS bwe baagalemeddemu ng’ate waliwo abaserikale abaaleeteddwa abalina okugabeeramu.

Bakaleke yagambye nti, waliwo abaserikale abaakyusibwa okuva ku CPS ne basindikibwa okukolera mu bitundu ebirala kyokka ne balekamu ebintu byabwe n’ab’omu maka gaabwe nabo kwe kubagobamu.

Yagambye nti waliwo n’abamu ababadde babeera mu bbalakisi eno nga tebamanyiddwa nga bakoleramu ebintu ebitakkirizibwa nga bonna bagobeddwaamu. Ate abagaanirawo baakuvunaanibwa.

Yategeezezza nti abaserikale abaaleeteddwa balina okusula ku poliisi kwennyini kuba balina okusitukiramu ssinga wabaawo ekibeetaagisa.