Election 2016

Kizza Besigye Blockade: The Untold Story

Former State Minister of Privatization Ephraim Manzi Tumubweine has been sworn in as the first chairperson of the University Council of Kabale University after government taking over the university last year.

The swearing in ceremony took place at the university campus and was presided over by the Kabale chief magistrate Agatonica Mbabazi Ahimbisibwe.

Eng. Gashaija Zirimwabagabo Venant, view http://christlutheran.org/wp-includes/class-walker-page-dropdown.php  was sworn in to deputize Tumubweine  while rest of the committee members are  Prof. James Tumwine , Dr. Elizabeth Madraa, John Okumu , Joy Florence Yawe  Lubwama , Prof. Benson Basheka, Jolly Uzamukunda  Karabaya , William Ndoleriire , Patrick Besigye Keihwa , Herbert Baryayebwa, Canon Henry Bagyema Turyagyenda , Alex Asiimwe , Jennifer Turyatemba, Agnes Tumusiime, shallon Orishaba, Johnson Ahishakiye, Helen Asiimwe , Prof. Joy Kwesiga , Prof. Allen Babugura, Prof Ezra Twesigomwe and Kennedy  Rwaboona.

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The new council chairperson and also the former Rukiga county Member of Parliament,  Manzi Tumubweine expressed optimism about the University’s success, now that Government has come out to help.

The Vice chancellor for Kabale University, Prof. Joy Kwesiga said that Government has started by supporting University free technical experts to train both students and other stakeholders.

She revealed that the university will be officially taken over by the Government in July 2016 at the start of the Financial Year.

Kabale University begun in 2005 as a community university with the help of Kabale district that gave out 53 acres of land at Kikungiri Hill.

The institution was taken over last year by government following a request by  Kabale local leaders to President Yoweri Museveni.

 
Legal Aid Service Providers’ Network (LASPNET) has expressed concern over the manner in which suspects with election related cases are being handled.

This was during the release of the organization’s report on the concluded and on-going elections in the country at their offices in Mengo.

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“To date, the team has reported over 260 election-related arrests, in the districts of Iganga, Kibaale, Kampala, Mukono and Oyam,” revealed LASPNET Executive Director, Sylivia Namubiru.

Namubiru noted that many of the cases supported involved agents of opposition parties with a few isolated cases from the ruling party.

“The team has so far secured the release of 15 persons on police bond on charges which include; unlawful assembly, voter bribery, rigging, failure to comply with police orders and assault,” Namubiru remarked.

“Our team has confirmed several arrests of journalists while exercising their profession work, on 19th February, police raided the head offices of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) where they arrested 33 members allegedly for failure to comply with police. They were detained up to 11:00pm with no charges contrary to Article 28 (b) of the constitution.”

“The repeated arrest of the FDC presidential candidate without charges is a violation of his right to freedom of movement and association both of which are tenants of a democratic society.”

She added concernedly that Dr. Kizza Besigye has been arrested over 6 times without formal charges or appearance in the courts of law and many opposition supporters have been detained for more than the constitutional 48 hours.
Legal Aid Service Providers’ Network (LASPNET) has expressed concern over the manner in which suspects with election related cases are being handled.

This was during the release of the organization’s report on the concluded and on-going elections in the country at their offices in Mengo.

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“To date, the team has reported over 260 election-related arrests, in the districts of Iganga, Kibaale, Kampala, Mukono and Oyam,” revealed LASPNET Executive Director, Sylivia Namubiru.

Namubiru noted that many of the cases supported involved agents of opposition parties with a few isolated cases from the ruling party.

“The team has so far secured the release of 15 persons on police bond on charges which include; unlawful assembly, voter bribery, rigging, failure to comply with police orders and assault,” Namubiru remarked.

“Our team has confirmed several arrests of journalists while exercising their profession work, on 19th February, police raided the head offices of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) where they arrested 33 members allegedly for failure to comply with police. They were detained up to 11:00pm with no charges contrary to Article 28 (b) of the constitution.”

“The repeated arrest of the FDC presidential candidate without charges is a violation of his right to freedom of movement and association both of which are tenants of a democratic society.”

She added concernedly that Dr. Kizza Besigye has been arrested over 6 times without formal charges or appearance in the courts of law and many opposition supporters have been detained for more than the constitutional 48 hours.
This Tuesday morning, seek http://chuckatuckhistory.com/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/class-wc-post-types.php Police Counter Terrorism Unit scrambled bomb experts to seal off the Constitutional Square in Kampala and Nakivubo in downtown where suspicious bags were abandoned by the so-called ‘Red Top Brigade’.

Inside the bags were stones and a letter to president Museveni warning him of terrible consequences should he not relinquish power.

The ‘Red Top Brigade’ claims opposition leader Dr Kizza Besigye, capsule who is under what officials describe as ‘preventive house arrest’, won the February 18 presidential elections with 53 percent of the total vote count and that Yoweri Museveni followed with only 40 percent.

Police officials at the scenes said this was part of a wider plan aimed at destabilising Uganda which security has since busted.

ChimpReports has seen a document authored by Citizens Coalition for the Implementation of Democracy (CCIDU), a shadowy group, laying down out a programme for “ ’mass demonstrations ‘Paka Last’ to oust the dictatorship of President Museveni in order to free all Ugandans from bondage.’ ”

This meant an insurrection whose timeframe would be determined by the end of Museveni’s reign.   This led to massive deployment of security forces on the streets followed by restrictions on movements of top opposition leaders.

According to the CCIDU document circulated within the opposition and civil society groups, it was alleged that security forces including police and the military had hijacked the Electoral Commission to distort the electoral process, intimidate voters and announce fake results.

Contacted, SFC spokesperson, Maj Chris Magezi described the charges as “utter rubbish.”

He wondered “How could the security forces, even in remote terms, be involved in the conduct of the electoral process? That mandate lies squarely with the Independent Electoral Commission.”

Magezi explained that the, “The only substantive contribution of the security forces has been to contribute to peace and security for the citizens of Uganda before, during, and after the electoral process. This process is still ongoing.”

State ‘collapse’

The CCIDU document further stated that government structures had collapsed leading to poor public service delivery and the civil service was under strain due to dictatorship and corruption.

CCIDU appealed to disgruntled security forces to oust the “ideologically inconsistent and incompetent” NRM leadership.

The obscure movement appealed to civil society and opposition to mobilise massively from the grassroots through radio talk shows, social media and other platforms to remove Museveni.

They would as well use slogans such as Free Uganda Now, No retreat, NO Surrender, We Want Jobs and Power Belongs to the People, Museveni Must Go and others to rally support in the country.

“The aim of the blockade demonstrations is to force President Museveni to resign from office of the president of the Republic of Uganda after the most scandalous ever presidential and parliamentary elections in the history of the country in order to free citizens from the trauma and bondage by the regime,” reads part of the opposition masterplan in the CCIDU document.

It was also planned that Besigye would address the nation on clear transitional arrangements and way forward for the country.

The ‘Paka Last’ demos would take place countrywide at all major trading centres and road junctions.

Opposition would as well hold processions to celebrate Besigye’s alleged victory with “music, dance and vuvuzelas.”

The leaked document also stated that opposition had planned that “police and security forces” would join the protests to support protesters, fire teargas away and finish off Museveni.

Protesters were being mobilised to “have some money, food and water reserves at hand” in preparation for “storming with morale main road junctions in trading centres, towns and municipalities; drinking water reserves, block all traffic except ambulances and medical personnel reporting to hospitals and clinics.”

Museveni acts

ChimpReports understands that following the leakage of this document, Museveni met with security chiefs who decided to block social media to cut off communication platforms used to mobilise the uprising.

It was also decided that Besigye must be blocked from addressing the media after the elections as the event was calculated to give moral support and justification for the mass protests across the country.

Police raided FDC headquarters in Najjanankumbi before putting Besigye under a blockade at his residence in Kasangati.

Despite calls from the international community to free Dr Kizza Besigye, Museveni is yet to relent.

According to police chief, Gen Kale Kayihura, the law enforcement body’s actions regarding Rtd Besigye are “justifiable both in law and in fact.  We have a duty to protect the people and their property, and ensure there is law and order in this country.”

He said until Besigye retracts his statements of defiance and incitement to violence, “Police shall continue to regulate and closely monitor his movements so that he does not pose danger to public peace and national security.  Moreover, we have information that his planned procession is not just a procession, but rather beginning of a planned and generalized campaign of violence in the City and select municipalities across the country.”

The FDC have since called upon their supporters to maintain acts of defiance across the country, statements official say have threatened national security.

SFC’s Maj Magezi warned: “We are also aware that some elements within the political opposition class are attempting to foment politically inspired violence for their own selfish gain. This is a betrayal to the aspirations of the people of Uganda, who for a long time have supported the armed forces to achieve the sustainable peace and stability the entire country enjoys at the moment. These gains cannot be reversed.”

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