BY GEORGE OKELLO VIA UAH FORUM
A dictatorship survives on manipulation, divide and rule, opportunism, bribery and corruption. A dictatorship survives and thrives in conditions of extreme poverty and low consciousness. Just dividing Uganda into small federal units is not going to get rid of opportunist tendencies. You will only create smaller thieves to replace the bigger thieves. The NRA is Museveni’s personal conduit for power. The way it operates has nothing to do with good or bad governance. The organisation is unraveling from within, as often happens in all militarist organisations. Things are falling apart.
What Uganda needs is not just a better system of governance, and an end to dictatorship, and one man rule. What Uganda needs first of all is a new vision of the new society that we want. Is it going to be an egalitarian society that caters for the interest of the many as opposed to the few? Is it going to be a society based on the hallowed principle: From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs? How can we achieve the goal of lifting our people out of poverty within the shortest possible time? What are our economic policies- how can we get control of our enormous natural resources and harness them for the betterment of our people?
Federalism or decentralization of power is certainly one of the systems we will consider to deliver our political and socio economic objectives. But it is not in itself what we are focusing on as the primary goal of the struggle. The primary goal or aim of the struggle is NATIONAL DEMOCRACY- ie the restoration of Uganda’s national patrimony and the end of fascist dictatorship. What we need to focus on are:
1. The end of the Museveni Rwandan regime of occupation.
2. Establishment of an Interim Government of National Unity to draft a new Social and Economic Charter and Constitution for the country.
3. Establishment of a National Democratic government that balances the interests and needs of all the regions and the ethnic groups of the country. It is at this stage that we shall decide the system of governance that is most suitable for us, and allows us to achieve rapid rebuilding and reconstruction of a ruined nation.
I hope this makes sense. All you are advocating for at the moment is just CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGE- to make Uganda a federal Country. Beyond that, you have nothing to offer.But Uganda needs much more than Constitutional change. First of all, you have seen Museveni’s respect or rather disregard for Constitutionalism. So how are you going to convince a fascist dictator who has made himself a life president to change the Constitution so as to make Uganda a Federal State? How are you going to do this? What Uganda need is thorough-going political, social and economic change.
BY BOBBY VIA UAH
Try to look at the history of mafia kidnappings. Most of them end in the murder of the kidnapped victim, even though the ransom is paid. With this particluar gang, there was no way they were going to release Susan alive after the torture they had subjected her to. She would most definitely have recognised one or two. They were never going to take a chance of being recognised. Try to study the Italian mafioso, and you will not be shocked by what happened to Susan.
Low level gangsters dont know what $1 million is- that it is a humongous amount of money. It is only people who handle such amounts of money who know how difficult it is to lay one’s hands on $1 million within a matter of days. What they probably looked at are people living in a beautiful house, driving flashy cars and going to parties and then concluded they must be dollar rich. Kajura clan is probably rich by Ugandan standards, , but certainly not dollar rich. A dairy farm in Uganda would probably be valued at $50,000 or less. Many of Uganda’s nouveau rich are infact living on huge debts- what you see on them are the trappings of wealth. But the gangsters dont know this, unfortunately.
Idi Amin tests a military hardware. Britain ignored early warning signs about Amin’s Brutality.
BY BILLIE KADEMERI
Dear Ahmed Katerega(Bukedde newspaper),
For a veteran journalist, you are really very uninformed or poorly informed about how and why Amin came to power. If soldiers in Kampala spontaneously took power and handed over to Amin, then why did Sgt Ismail Abiriga of Masindi Barracks had to warn my father to flee his station right on 24 January 1971?
Why was it that no Acholi, Lango or Teso officer had any access to weapons from the armoury on 24 January 1971 when strange ‘South Sudanese-looking’ soldiers arrived in Masindi that evening and started pick up the Acholi, Lango and Teso soldiers who were stuck in the barracks and did not know know what to do?
Why don’t you ask some of us who watched the coup unfolding first hand? Nearly three weeks before the coup children of soldiers freely told each other how they had heard from their parents that Amin was planning and going to overthrow the government. I have stated before that Obote and his security were inept or did not know what to do with Amin but the story of Amin planning the coup was known many weeks, certainly months in advance when he started bringing in the Sudanese from Anyanya movement were on the verge of being demobilised due to the expected Addis Ababa agreement due to come inot effect the follwing year. These guys were carefully hidden by Amin in Uganda and among the real Ugandan soldiers and then used in the coup. These were the first people to introduce slaughtering of other soldiers. In fact where military barracks existed civilians hardly heard any gunshots as Amin’s perceived opponents were simply slaughtered or bayoneted to death. I do not know what happened in other barracks but for the case of Masindi all of us kids watched the bodies loaded on trucks and were transported towards Kigumba, apparently to be dumped into Karuma Falls.
BY GEORGE OKELLO
Here in the UK, sim cards are not registered to a named individual. You just buy it as you buy bread or cigarettes or beer. . I have hundreds in my drawers- the reason being that it is cheaper to make international calls on some types of simcards. For £5, I can phone the Philippines for 500 hours and Uganda for about 50 hours. But if I used my UK telephone, the cost for an international call is £1 per minute, so that gives me only 5 minutes to talk to Uganda for $5 pounds, compared to 50 hours with a simcard. The only difference is that everytime you use a simcard it is automatically registered on the phone being used- and in the UK, it is now possible to pinpoint the exact location of any mobile phone call.